Skip to comments.MSNBC/AP Bulletin: Rumsfeld Steps Down
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.
p.s., I am digging a bomb shelter nuclear fallout shelter in my yard as I type...Thank a stay at home Conservative.
Why do this NOW...and give the DEMS ANOTHER GIFT????
I just wanna scream!
Please ... not. It's a demanding executive job and a Senator gets zero exec experience.
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.
Sad by true and it's only going to get worse
"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.
It's going to get worse before it gets better.
My vote is Tommy Franks. But Duke Nukem would be a nice second choice.
No, It's time to appoint Norman Schwarzkopf.
I don't think Bush did it. I think Rummy's fed up.
"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.
Once again, a piece of information that would have been nice to have known YESTERDAY!!!
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.
I am LITERALLY changing my party affiliation later today.
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).
The DUmmies must be having a field day. I'm sure they are chanting for Rove's head next.
Because, like it or not, the people have spoken. And they are NOT happy.
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.
Oh yeah. Rush just said it is going to get worse. God help the country!
Okay....I am officially pi$$ed.
This makes me sick.
Now the question is, who's the next SecDef going to be?Sam Nunn?
They'll just find another punching bag.
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!
It sucks, but we need to do this to take some wind out of the Dem sails.
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...
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.
"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.
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.
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
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.
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.
You mean that Gannett paper?
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.
The only thing I can think of is that Rummy doesn't want any part of the DIM initiated pull out of Iraq.
Dr Robert Gates, previous CIA
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