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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: TomGuy

Bob (Robert) Gates, former CIA, is new SecDef per Bret Bair, FoxNews.


201 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:19 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Incorrigible

>>>Goodbye Rummy....
>>>You served your country well.

Pro-Rumsfeld super bump


202 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:22 AM PST by Hop A Long Cassidy
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To: mhking
Does Bush or anyone there realize that they just gave the populace justification for electing the Dems?

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

Democrats and the Media will attack even harder now

203 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:22 AM PST by bahblahbah
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To: FreedomNeocon

Why blame Bush? The President put the decision in Rumsfeld's corner. Always has said that. I think Rumsfeld has had enough of the DC climate. After last night, I don't blame him.


204 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:24 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper
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To: zbigreddogz

Replaced by Robert Chase? Who is that?


205 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:24 AM PST by itsinthebag (E)
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To: JohnRam

Agree. The more I talk with coworker this morning the more I think he should have already left. There seems to be a real fear among alot of people we are headed toward another Vietnam.


206 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:29 AM PST by Bailee
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To: tomnbeverly

Robert Gates


207 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:29 AM PST by rhombus
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I was trying not to get too down. I can't believe it. This is awful. :(
God Bless You Rummy!
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208 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:32 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: KsSunflower

Might as well boot Cheney, too.


209 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:37 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: relee

AP Reports his replacement is Robert Gates.


210 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:40 AM PST by Route66 (America's Main Street)
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To: FreedomNeocon

hahahha I love the spin... I am a bastion of cynasim ... Thank a stay at home Conservative.. .Obviously Illegal immigration was more important then the damn war come on buddy get a grip.


211 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:40 AM PST by tomnbeverly ("Harsh criticism is not a plan for victory. Second guessing is not a strategy.")
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To: dfwgator

I'd prefer Jack Bauer, myself. And I don't even think Hillary or Plugs Biden would have the guts to filibuster Jack Bauer's nomination. :)

If this is true, thank you very much, Secretary Rumsfeld, for your long service to the country.

}:-)4


212 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:44 AM PST by Moose4 (Baa havoc, and let slip the sheep of war.)
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To: All
As much as I like Rummy and I think he should stay, just think of what this is going to do to the dems victory last night.

THIS IS GOING TO SUCK THE ATTENTION AWAY FORM THEM WINNING THE HOUSE/SENATE.
213 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:44 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: MinuteGal

I won't jump on you, but I can't imagine President Bush becoming one of the cut 'n runners.


214 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:46 AM PST by Chena ("I'm not young enough to know everything." (Oscar Wilde))
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To: defconw
JUST F'N DAMN. Why now?

Before the election, it looked like the GOP could hold the Senate, and Rummy could wait until next year. Now, he has to resign right away so Bush can get his replacement through a majority-Republican Senate in the lame-duck session.

215 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:49 AM PST by ReignOfError
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To: Mo1

Robert Gates will be the new SecDef?


216 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:51 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Armedanddangerous

Why, so that the Dems could send Lamont to the Senate? Who is a conservative, pro-defense Dem in a good red state who could have a good Republican appointed to replace him?


217 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:52 AM PST by mak5
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To: freeperfromnj
I don't think Bush did it. I think Rummy's fed up.

I tend to agree.

218 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:54 AM PST by evad
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To: itsinthebag

Robert Gates? Again, who is this?


219 posted on 11/08/2006 10:01:57 AM PST by itsinthebag (E)
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To: montag813

Amen. And Bush's stubbornness caused this loss.


220 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:02 AM PST by Texaggie79 (www.cannonblodder.com)
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President starting.


221 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:04 AM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( Creationists are as smart as Macroevolutionists.)
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To: Pirate21
The aging (not growing up) of the babies made by the hippies.

Not to mention those same damn hippies who threw baggies full of s*** at me when I got home.

222 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:16 AM PST by BeHoldAPaleHorse ( ~()):~)>)
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To: Howlin

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

This makes me sick.

_____________

Wonder who his replacement will be.


223 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:19 AM PST by conservativepoet (NY Times is the "John Kerry" of newspapers)
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To: FreedomNeocon

I'm right there with you today....tomorrow I may feel differently, but today, I'm really pi$$ed at the republicans.


224 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:19 AM PST by auto power
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To: zbigreddogz
Might of helped if he did it last week. I suspect Rummy insisted on it, not the President, not after giving him the vote of confidence last week.


The writing was on the wall after last night, the Commies would have black mailed the President into getting rid of him or stop the funding of the war, at least that is my take.
225 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:20 AM PST by DAC21
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To: All

Press reporting he's being replaced by Dr. Robert Gates (former DCI from '91-93).


226 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:21 AM PST by Tree of Liberty (Islam delenda est)
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To: mhking

How about possibly newly elected senator Webb?


227 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:23 AM PST by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: PhiKapMom

NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF FOR SECDEF!


228 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:23 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU HAVE NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT. Actually, you lack even a legitimate excuse.)
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To: Howlin

Sucks, doesn't it? :(


229 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:26 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: Pirate21
Put Vice President Cheney there (he "gets" the war, the nature of the enemy, and what's at stake), and move Secretary Rice to the VP position.

Interesting! I don't know about Rice, but that would be a way to have a VP candidate who will run in 2008.

230 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:31 AM PST by dawn53
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To: Howlin; Peach; armymarinemom; SE Mom; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; ...

Just damn...


231 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:35 AM PST by nutmeg (National security trumps everything else.)
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To: Red Badger
Joe Lieberman........
Hmmm...doesn't Connecticut have a Republican governor?

-Eric

232 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:41 AM PST by E Rocc (Myspace "Freepers" group moderator)
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To: OXENinFLA

"THIS IS GOING TO SUCK THE ATTENTION AWAY FORM THEM WINNING THE HOUSE/SENATE."

No it doesn't. It brings MORE ATTENTION to them winning.


233 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:49 AM PST by bahblahbah
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To: CedarDave

It could have made a difference.

Bush's poll numbers increased as he appeared of late to take some responsibility for Iraq, and then when he got stubborn again, they fell.


234 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:55 AM PST by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: dfwgator

Carl Levin?


235 posted on 11/08/2006 10:02:57 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Forget it... I'm out.


236 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:05 AM PST by FreedomNeocon (FORMER Republican and Bush supporter... RIP Mr. Rumsfeld.)
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To: Texaggie79
Glad he waited till we lost.....

Indeed. I wonder how the elections would have turned out if he had stepped down on Monday afternoon.

237 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:11 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Mathemeticians are machines that turn coffee into theorems.)
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To: FreedomNeocon

This is almost unbelievable......


238 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:14 AM PST by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's. Volunteer to help get Conservatives elected!)
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To: Texaggie79

I disagree. It would have just been more blood in the water on the eve of the election, seen as a desperate plea. And having him resign now is almost as bad. Just yesterday, Rush was reading from a democrat who described the War In Iraq was one with the fewest casualties and fewest blunders in history. I agree that isn't the perception in the myopic electorate, but Bush should have stood by him.


239 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:14 AM PST by soccermom
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To: Mo1
The will defund this war

No need to defund the war. We will pull out and save them the trouble.

240 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:21 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: UB355

241 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:21 AM PST by maineman
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To: PhiKapMom
Should have happened after the election in 2004 and we would be in better shape in Iraq.

Baloney

242 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:22 AM PST by Coop (FR = a lotta talk, but little action)
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To: E Rocc

I think so, but now it's gonna be Robert Gates as SecDef.............it was a thought.........


243 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:24 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: I still care

Yeah, Rush stopped in mid-sentence... seemed to be kind of shell-shocked.


244 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:26 AM PST by nutmeg (National security trumps everything else.)
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To: EveningStar

Yes, it does.


245 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:28 AM PST by Howlin
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To: mhking

I don't know if this would have helped, the election could have been a disaster if the conservatives all abandoned the republicans because of Bush throwing off Rumsfeld. And I doubt many people would have taken Rumsfeld's resignation as a sign they should vote for republicans.


246 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:32 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: mhking

Bush's second term = Humpty Dumpty


247 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:34 AM PST by Cyclopean Squid (Authoritarianism depends on lack of information. Totalitarianism depends on misinformation.)
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To: ReignOfError

Don't speak sense to me, while I am busy running around worrying about the sky falling. But seriously, that makes sense. :)


248 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:41 AM PST by defconw (Gearing up for W2 in 08!)
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To: conservativepoet

Robert Gates.


249 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:45 AM PST by Howlin
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To: Mo1

We'll recover. Always have. The Democrats are now put on notice.


250 posted on 11/08/2006 10:03:46 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper
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