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Exit Rumsfeld, Smiling ( another media panic attack ? )
Real Clear Politics ^ | December 07, 2006 | Jed Babbin

Posted on 12/07/2006 6:50:53 AM PST by george76

One day in the next two weeks there will be a departure ceremony at the Pentagon. Flags will fly, bands will play and the liberal media will calumniate.

Should the president choose to add the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the other honors rendered, it's entirely possible that some newsrooms will have to bring in trauma therapists.

The 527 Media will indulge themselves in one last feeding frenzy over the man they love to hate, Donald Rumsfeld.

Mr. Rumsfeld will probably walk out of the Pentagon smiling at the thought of a job well done.

His tenure has been colored by an onslaught of media attacks, but Rumsfeld knows that American history is enriched by men who suffered the same treatment at the hands of the press and were later judged to be some of our greatest leaders.

Grant, Sherman, and Lincoln endured appalling media attacks throughout the Civil War (Lincoln the incompetent baboon, Grant the drunk, Sherman the crazy man)...

a string of lasting accomplishments ranging from bringing ballistic missile defense from theory to reality to transformation of the military from a Cold War garrison force to the flexible forces needed to fight the war we're in.

Add to that the rapid overthrow of the Taliban and Saddam regimes, positioning America to deal with the rise of China...

History will be kinder to Rumsfeld than the daily press, just as it has been to our Civil War leaders, because it will see facts from a greater distance than those who write and broadcast every day can achieve.

Dr. Gates said he was surprised at how much transformation of the military had actually been accomplished...

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 527; bush; dod; donaldrumsfeld; iraq; media; military; pentagon; rumsfeld; sithlordofradio; terrorism; wot
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Gates may have a very short honey moon...

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1 posted on 12/07/2006 6:50:58 AM PST by george76
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Dr. Gates said he was surprised at how much transformation of the military had actually been accomplished...

He didn't KNOW this, but he KNEW we are losing the war in Iraq. Dumb@$$.

2 posted on 12/07/2006 6:56:40 AM PST by RetiredArmy (I don't march to other people's opinion of me or my beliefs. I march to my beliefs and heart.)
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To: george76

Donald Rumsfeld, a truly great man! We can't thank him enough for what he has done for this country. I only hope he knows how much he is loved and appreciated.


3 posted on 12/07/2006 7:03:07 AM PST by trustandobey
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To: trustandobey

He probably lurks here. Freeper has become a common word among conservatives.

He stood up to the media and cowed them instead of cowering before them. I respect that. He should have given lectures to the Bushies about how to do that. W's answer was to ignore the ones he didn't like. It's much better to use their power to make them look like the silly, pompous Ted Baxters they really are. Rummy did that.

He also whooped Iraq in three weeks.


4 posted on 12/07/2006 7:07:45 AM PST by sine_nomine (Don't let another Bush lose another Iraq war.)
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Gates may have a very short honey moon...

This a-hole creeps me out.

5 posted on 12/07/2006 7:11:25 AM PST by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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A great man.

He's been replaced by a foolish child.


6 posted on 12/07/2006 7:14:43 AM PST by samtheman (The Democrats are the DhimmiGods of the New Religion of PC)
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To: george76

This was an interesting article. I'm looking forward to Rumsfeld's book.


7 posted on 12/07/2006 7:15:01 AM PST by carola
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To: sine_nomine

Exactly! Respect is a word the liberals cannot understand. I too respect everything I know about this man. I already miss him.


8 posted on 12/07/2006 7:15:27 AM PST by trustandobey
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Great article.

But what is "527" Media?


Anyone?


9 posted on 12/07/2006 7:27:06 AM PST by aculeus
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To: george76
Grant, Sherman, and Lincoln endured appalling media attacks throughout the Civil War

Deservedly so.

10 posted on 12/07/2006 7:28:03 AM PST by Constitution Day ("Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." Aldous Huxley)
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Yeah, an awesome, awesome dude. I don't see anything that he did that was a failure, not at all. His enemies hated him for his successes, not his failures, and it's not a coincidence that the tide turning against him corresponded to the tide turning against us in the war.

Thanks, Don. Now go out there and make some high dollar speeches and keep sticking it in the eye of the leftist enemy within.


11 posted on 12/07/2006 7:31:41 AM PST by ichabod1 (After the attacks of 9/11, profiling Muslims is more like profiling the Klan.)
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"You may even so enrage NYT columnist Maureen Dowd that she will write a poem excoriating you, as she did about Rumsfeld two Decembers ago."

Oh, MoDo does that to all the guys who spurn her, both in reality and in the twisted contents of her cranium. It's a tiresome pathology of hers, sort of bunny-boilerish. Solo harridans get that way after a few decades.


12 posted on 12/07/2006 7:32:19 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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"But what is "527" Media?"

Nutroots, and the dinosaurs who fuel them.


13 posted on 12/07/2006 7:34:17 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: aculeus

A 527 group is a tax condition where by money collected can be spent to bypass the McCain/Fiengold finance law.

George Soros is a major contributor and organizer of such groups.


14 posted on 12/07/2006 7:36:02 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Rozerem commercials give me nightmares)
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BTTT


15 posted on 12/07/2006 7:41:25 AM PST by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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The new guy caved on every single issue. Why appoint a back-stabber?


16 posted on 12/07/2006 7:57:08 AM PST by sine_nomine (Don't let another Bush lose another Iraq war.)
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To: george76

The liberals who populate today's "mainstream" media are perfect reflections of the activist Democrat mice they write for - - they are hung up on and will settle for nothing less than..... "an apology". Where's that simple drunken scumbag David Gregory these days?


17 posted on 12/07/2006 8:01:17 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: bert; aculeus; RegulatorCountry

I was going to guess that "527" was police code for "driveby shooting".


18 posted on 12/07/2006 8:03:45 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: george76

6 months from now, nearly all freepers will loathe Bob Gates.


19 posted on 12/07/2006 8:07:09 AM PST by gaijin
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To: george76; trustandobey; sine_nomine; johnny7; samtheman; carola

Rumsfeld a great SECDEF? Somebody beam me up! I'm trapped in a strange, upside down world of make believe on the Planet of the Apes...help!
20 posted on 12/07/2006 8:08:54 AM PST by meandog (These are the times that try men's souls!)
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