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MSNBC/AP Bulletin: Rumsfeld Steps Down
MSNBC/AP | 11.8.06

Posted on 11/08/2006 9:51:57 AM PST by mhking

This is just crossing my desk now; nothing follows yet. According to some sources this is the subject of the noon presser.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: buhbyerummy; freepersactinglikedu; lameduckprez; rumsfeld; yikes
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To: mhking

p.s., I am digging a bomb shelter nuclear fallout shelter in my yard as I type...Thank a stay at home Conservative.


151 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:10 AM PST by tomnbeverly ("Harsh criticism is not a plan for victory. Second guessing is not a strategy.")
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To: KsSunflower
You didn't mean Kerry did you?? :0)

No!

152 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:10 AM PST by relee
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To: Mo1

Why do this NOW...and give the DEMS ANOTHER GIFT????


I just wanna scream!


153 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:14 AM PST by Txsleuth (EVERYONE VOTE---AND VOTE REPUBLICAN,...even if you have to hold your nose!)
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To: mhking
Whoever decided to throw Rumsfeld under the bus is an utter fool.
154 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:25 AM PST by TChris (We scoff at honor and are shocked to find traitors among us. - C.S. Lewis)
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To: relee
Joe Lieberman?

Please ... not. It's a demanding executive job and a Senator gets zero exec experience.

155 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:26 AM PST by aculeus
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To: soccermom

I think it would. The moderates and conservatives out there that didn't vote or voted the other way did so solely because Bush refused to admit that they screwed up. Why do we want a leader that turns a blind eye to obvious mismanagement?

Had he resigned before the election then those would have voted R like usual because they didn't feel the need to send Bush a message to change up the leadership who didn't send in enough soldiers.


156 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:28 AM PST by Texaggie79 (www.cannonblodder.com)
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To: Caesar Soze
Now the question is, who's the next SecDef going to be?

Chuck Norris?

157 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:28 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: mystery-ak

Sad by true and it's only going to get worse


158 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:36 AM PST by Mo1 (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is 2 heart beats away from the Presidency)
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To: Echo Talon

"Start buying lots of Duct Tape, Ammo, Canned food and Water"

Agreed, and I am furious about it.

I actually thought about the stocking up first thing this morning when I learned of the election results.


159 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:36 AM PST by mutley (The dems and the terrorists are celebrating the day.)
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To: Mo1

It's going to get worse before it gets better.


160 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:38 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper
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To: The Blitherer

My vote is Tommy Franks. But Duke Nukem would be a nice second choice.


161 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:40 AM PST by Thane_Banquo ("Give a man a fish, make him a Democrat. Teach a man to fish, make him a Republican.")
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To: kevao

No, It's time to appoint Norman Schwarzkopf.


162 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:41 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU HAVE NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT. Actually, you lack even a legitimate excuse.)
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To: mhking

Jessie Ventura


163 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:42 AM PST by Renegade
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To: Txsleuth

I don't think Bush did it. I think Rummy's fed up.


164 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:45 AM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: JFC

"imho Rummy did it for the good of the country."

And how's that for the good of the country?

Appeasing DEMONcrats who DO want to "cut and run"?

Have those that lost their lives over there be for NOTHING.


165 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:48 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: Texaggie79

Once again, a piece of information that would have been nice to have known YESTERDAY!!!


166 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:48 AM PST by comebacknewt
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To: Lazamataz
who's the next SecDef going to be?

McCain?

167 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:50 AM PST by rhombus
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To: mystery-ak
The American people collectively spit on our troops last night.......

Not all Americans did, of course, but your comment reflects what I've been feeling ever since last night. I'm absolutely sick over the thought of how this may affect our troops.

168 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:54 AM PST by Chena ("I'm not young enough to know everything." (Oscar Wilde))
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To: dfwgator

I am LITERALLY changing my party affiliation later today.

/PUKE


169 posted on 11/08/2006 9:59:58 AM PST by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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To: Texaggie79
Glad he waited till we lost.....

All part and parcel of the stubbornness which overcame the GOP this year. Rummy should have left months ago, which would have given the President a great opportunity to turn the page on Iraq, with new faces and approaches. Rummy served this nation well. But his pussyfooting in Iraq simply overwhelmed the natural patience of the American people. Americans don't give a crap how many Iraqi civilians we kill, so long as we win decisively. Instead we pussyfooted around Fallujah, investigated our men men incessantly, left Al Sadr alive (can you imagine MacArthur doing that?) and never took revenge for those charred and mutilated American bodies (again, Al Sadr should have died for that alone).

170 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:10 AM PST by montag813
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To: BeHoldAPaleHorse
Second time in a generation, too.

The aging (not growing up) of the babies made by the hippies.
171 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:11 AM PST by Pirate21 (The liberal media are as sheep clearing the path along which they will be led to the slaughter.)
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To: mhking

The DUmmies must be having a field day. I'm sure they are chanting for Rove's head next.


172 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:11 AM PST by elc (Slingin' away)
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To: Question_Assumptions

Good point.


173 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:18 AM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Txsleuth
Why do this NOW...and give the DEMS ANOTHER GIFT????

Because, like it or not, the people have spoken. And they are NOT happy.

174 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:18 AM PST by Wormwood (Everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens.)
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To: Republicus2001

bttt


175 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:21 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: All

There is merit in this. Rumsfeld will be targetted by the investigations. The President would have had to invoke Executive Privilege to shield him from testifying and that would have perpetuated the lightning rod for 2008.

By resigning he can make himself available to testify and be done with it. And if this explanation is explicitly made, it makes perfect sense.


176 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:21 AM PST by Owen
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To: Mo1

Oh yeah. Rush just said it is going to get worse. God help the country!


177 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:21 AM PST by tiredoflaundry
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To: nutmeg; EveningStar

Okay....I am officially pi$$ed.

This makes me sick.


178 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:22 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Caesar Soze
Now the question is, who's the next SecDef going to be?
Sam Nunn?

-Eric

179 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:24 AM PST by E Rocc (Myspace "Freepers" group moderator)
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To: Question_Assumptions

They'll just find another punching bag.


180 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:24 AM PST by Uncle Vlad (You cannot protect the peoples' civil liberties if you refuse to protect the people.)
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To: Paradox

Should have happened before this IMO! Should have happened after the election in 2004 and we would be in better shape in Iraq.

Tommy Franks works for me!


181 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:25 AM PST by PhiKapMom ( Go Sooners! Thanks Aggies for your 12th Man!)
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To: DarthVader

Joe Lieberman........


182 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:26 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: redgolum

It sucks, but we need to do this to take some wind out of the Dem sails.


183 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:27 AM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: deputac
Announcement tomorrow will be he's taking Roberts and Alito off the Court and replacing with Miers and O'Connor again to be a "uniter.

Day after tomorrow will be that he and Cheney are resigning so that Pelosi can be President.
184 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:27 AM PST by Gvl_M3
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To: mhking

So, does Bush try to get a new SecDef in before the new Congress takes power? If not, the hearings are going to be a circus...


185 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:30 AM PST by Ace of Spades (Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Txsleuth

I'm not watching TV, except for Specials. News is out including Fox News. Already cancelled my newspaper. It only going to be FreeRepublic and Talk News for me.


186 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:34 AM PST by Alissa
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To: Caesar Soze

"FNC has picked it up, quoting AP. Now the question is, who's the next SecDef going to be?"

Doesn't matter. Unless it is a Liberal, he/she won't get approved by the Senate.

Let the games begin.

My bet is Joe Lieberman.


187 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:34 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The voting machines aren't broken. The Dems operating the voting machines are broken.)
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To: mhking

Just have to add my voice to the chorus - if Rumsfeld wanted to resign, why not do it weeks or months ago? The perception will be that this is another body blow for the Bush administration.


188 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:36 AM PST by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: zbigreddogz
Rick Santorum?

I would rather see Cheney resign for health reasons and Santorum get appointed VP then throwing Rumsfeld under the bus.
189 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:36 AM PST by Timedrifter
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To: BigSkyFreeper

it's going to get a lot worse and I don't know if we can survive it this time

It will take us a very very long time to recover


190 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:39 AM PST by Mo1 (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is 2 heart beats away from the Presidency)
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To: zbigreddogz

YES!


191 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:42 AM PST by jpf
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To: Hoboto
ZELL MILLER for Secretary of Defense!

HELL YEAH!

192 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:44 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: zbigreddogz

Gates???


193 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:44 AM PST by relee
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To: mhking

This is too bad - we are winng the GWOT in general and Iraq and Afghanistan in particular.

It may be a part of a deal with the new Dem leadership.


194 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:50 AM PST by CCPlanner
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To: I want to know

NO. The Lame Duck session of the Republican-controlled Congress can push through the nomination and ratification of his replacement. Look for Bolton to be pushed through as well.


195 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:56 AM PST by Redleg Duke (¡Salga de los Estados Unidos de América, invasor!)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

You mean that Gannett paper?


196 posted on 11/08/2006 10:00:56 AM PST by michaelt
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To: Paradox

He shouldn't go all the way to suicide, then. Except for the opinion that he should have sent more troops to Iraq, he seems to have done generally good work as Secretary of Defense, and his standing up to Democrats and the media was good.


197 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:03 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( Creationists are as smart as Macroevolutionists.)
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To: RabidBartender
Brilliant!
198 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:07 AM PST by thinkthenpost
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To: nmh

The only thing I can think of is that Rummy doesn't want any part of the DIM initiated pull out of Iraq.


199 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:16 AM PST by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Dr Robert Gates, previous CIA


200 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:18 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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