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.
Donald Rumsfeld Resigning as Defense Secretary
AND...Iraq is lost. The pullout will likely begin by the middle of next year -- within 6 months after the Dems are coronated in January.
Shortly thereafter, of course, Iraq will fall apart, the largest portion controlled by Al-Sadr and other Iranian cronies. And it gets worse from there.
That's my biggest fear too. The WOT.
The American people collectively...
Yes it is.
Nobody. The democrats are in charge. We're surrendering. Walmart has already started ordering the discount burkas from China.
Storman Norman would have been a great choice! Heard last night on my way from the State GOP watch party that he had a plan to take out Saddam in the first Gulf War and was stopped by Colin Powell!
Thanks, I just heard.
Hopefully the president's choice can get ratified by the
Senate before the leadership change in January.
I know little of Robert Gates, but here is more....
Robert Gates, CIA director and conservative policy wonk
Robert Michael Gates was born September 25, 1943 in Wichita, Kansas. After graduating from William & Mary with a degree in history, Robert headed off to Indiana University, where he received his master's degree in history. He then applied for an earned a grant to attend graduate school at Georgetown University and attend doctoral school for Russian and Soviet history. Upon graduation, he began working for the Central Intelligence Agency.
Over the next 25 years, Gates worked his way up from his entry level position to become the Director of the CIA, the only career officer in the agency's history to do so. Over the years he served on the National Security Council for Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush. In 1986, he was named Deputy Director of the CIA, and in 1991 he was named Director of the CIA, a position he held until January 1993, when he was replaced by James Woolsey.
During his tenure in the CIA, Gates was awarded a number of medals, including the National Security Medal and the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA's highest honor - a medal he earned thrice in his career at the agency. However, he is perhaps most noted for his hardline anti-Soviet stance, one cemented by years of early analysis during the height of the Cold War during the late 1960s. In 1982 when he was named Deputy Director of Intelligence under director William Casey, he used his position to push hard for intelligence that could be used to make the Soviet Union look back. Occasionally this led to incidents where reports were slanted and one-sided, leaving out critical bits of information that would nullify the conclusions of the reports. During Gates' CIA Director confirmation hearings, he was accused of making intelligence political - but the charges were dismissed as being frivolous, and he was confirmed by a large majority.
Gates has kept busy since he left the CIA. In 1996, he published a book, From The Shadows, his insider's tale about the Cold War and its eventual end in 1989. He has also served on the board of trustees for a number of companies, including Brinker International and NACCO Industries, and serves on the board of directors of America Abroad Media, which produces the "America Abroad" radio show in tandem with the international newsmagazine The Economist. In 2002, he was named to succeed Ray Bowen as the 22nd President of Texas A&M University, home to the presidential library of Gates' former co-worker and boss, George H. W. Bush. The appointment comes after serving three years as the Dean of the Government School at A&M.
Despite Gates' conservative political leanings and the general unsavoriness that comes with being associated with the CIA's rather sordid political history, he is a very well-spoken and considerate individual. He is just as quick to admit his failures as take credit for his successes, and in person he strikes one as more of a career bureaucrat than a politician. And, unlike many of his contemporaries, Gates does not seem to have any real egg on his face despite nearly 30 years in Washington, D.C. Whether it's his modest demeanor or his years of experience in keeping secrets, it's a fairly impressive accomplishment in 20th century American politics.
Any truth to the rumor that the U.S. will soon begin negociating a roadmap with Bin Ladin and Zawahiri on a long term peace treaty? Possibly a seat on the UN security council for Al Qaeda and ammending the U.S. constitution to be more Sharia-friendly?
Well, at least it isn't Bill Gates.
My thoughts exactly! What a joke! If this move had been made a year ago, things would be different "the morning after"! Thanks a lot, Rummy! Too little too late!
Gates was there under the toon, when AQ was planning 9/11.
Not so bad really... Rummy is getting to be an old man and cant blame him for all the crap they through at him. Bush needs to appoint a younger military like man. Hope Gen. Tommy Franks would take the position. We need him badly now.
BINGO! This election is a referendum on GWB and the War in Iraq...thinking anything to the contrary is only kidding oneself.
I know...sorry, I should have been more specific....I am just too upset to think straight today......after this presser I am turning off all the news and start concentrating on Christmas shopping and the Holidays for a few days, they I'll climb back up in the saddle.
President Hillary Clinton.
It is going to get much much worse.
Wrong again...what else is new?
Got THAT right...
When the terrorists start attacking us again like they did under Clinton, I hope they choose the pro-terrorist liberal areas first. It'll give the rest of us a chance to prepare.
by a 2% change of seats...
I was thinking the same thing! LOL
There's nothing factual about the utter success that is Iraq and Afghanistan. Then again, some of us are aware how difficult combatting terrorism is, while the others are the ones shrieking "failure! failure!"
I think Zell would be a fine SecDef.
I think he resigned for the good of the country. We don't need two years of congressional inquiry, someone had to be Sacrificed. If they had knocked him off do you really think it would have stopped there. Who would have been next Cheney?
You want me to believe that a bunch of commie pacifist pukes know what is better for our security ?
the CT governor is a republican, I think..
Oh, Shi'ite! RUMSFELD: "Take this job and shove it!"
Rummy has been required to put up with all sorts of sh!t from all sides.
What a sad day.
Ok, so did Bush jusst admit he lied? And if so, is Cheney on the chopping block as well? Jebus, this is a train wreck.
It isn't a total mess. Things were looking up. Now it will become a mess because the rats' victory IS the terrorists' victory. They will really become emboldened.
Same thing happened in Spain, Italy and Great Britain. They will see as weak now. If we get hit again I blame the traitorous press more than anyone.
Watch Rummy start talking crap about how Bush wasn't allowing him to run the war as it should be in a new book coming out soon (with a multi million dollar advance for Rummy).
That has always been the plan. The Iraqis are farther along to then we have been led to believe.
Looks like new leadership but the same direction.
BS BS BS BS...
In spite of the Dems, the media will keep a steady far left drumbeat going until the Dems defund the war. They want to be right about Iraq as they thought they were about Vietnam
I thought we'd wait at least a couple of weeks before we started caving in to the left-wing nuts. Can't see Regean doing anything like this.
Age isn't the issue. What Sec Rumsfeld did was throw out the WWII model of warfare and try to move our military into a new era. He was fought every single step of the way by the left, which loathes the military, and by republicans pandering to the left.
PLEASE.....someone please explain to me the logic in this decision...it looks and feels like we have given the rats exactly what they wanted.....Why, Mr. President?
And the hits just keep on comin'....
The hits just keep coming. Its safe to say that this time tommorow I couldn't imagine how horrible a 24 hour period this would be.
I don't believe that.
There's no way any war can be won when we can't even "offend" the enemy. Rummy was being forced to follow the democrats politically correct war strategy. That's the only reason we haven't won this war already.
Pathetic, just plain pathetic.
Dr. Gates is currently president at Texas A&M University. What makes him particularly qualified for Sec of Defense? I have nothing against him, I'm just wondering.
my apologies..I forgot the /s mark.
Yes, that is also how I understand this.
A lot of posters ask why didn't he resign before the election. The reason is of course that the President didn't want him to leave. This is the first effect of the election. Rumsfeldt knew that he would not be able to carry on with his job, since he would be a constant target of investigations, and be forced to testify in end less hearings. So like the man he is he resigned so that the President would be able to nominate someone else and get that person approved before the Senate has a Democratic majority.
As I see it Rumsfeldt didn't resign (if it is true that he has resigned) for the good of the GOP or for his own sake but to make sure that the Defence Forces would not be hurt by the political game that Democrats inevitably will start now.