Friday, November 10, 2006

Iraq: Rumsfeld Cuts And Runs

Jeez—I bet a lot of people who’ve already done two or three tours of duty in Iraq wish they could just resign like Rumsfeld; just walk away from the bloody, endless mess that the Bush administration has created there.

I wonder if Rumsfeld submitted his letter of resignation with a real signature, or with one of those electronic computer signatures he used to inform families that their kid or spouse had been killed in combat?

The Iraqi figures for civilian casualties are about 150,000. Was it worth it to them, to get rid of Saddam? They’re not saying, unless you’ve got a Ouija board that speaks Arabic.

Rumsfeld has carved out a place for himself in U.S. history—as one of the worst military and political minds ever. But what was especially humiliating was the timing of his departure. Less than twenty-four hours after the mid-term elections, the returns from Virginia weren’t even cold yet—and Bush guillotined him.

It looks a bit…unprincipled, doesn’t it? It looks bad; it makes it look as if the administration’s Iraq policy is ultimately dependent on GOP election returns. It makes it look as though Bush would have kept Rummie on as head of the Pentagon and C-in-C in the Iraq War if the GOP had defied the polls and scored an upset win. I mean, unless you’re entirely unprincipled, what do the political fortunes of the GOP have to do with deciding who is the best man to command our troops in Iraq? If that’s the basis of Bush decision making, what sort of signal does that send, not just to the people of the United States, but the people of the world?

President Bush: “Who will command our troops and direct our strategy, in this, the armed struggle between freedom and terror?

"Well, to tell you the truth, it all depends on how the Republican Party does in the mid-term elections this year. If we keep Virginia, Missouri and Montana—Rummie’s still the right man for the job."

"But what’s this? My God, look at these numbers. Don, I told you what was going to happen to you if we lost the Senate! My political debacle obviously means you’re not the fine military mind I always said you were—if Montana went Democrat, you must be--an incompetent!"

"Give me back all those “great military leader” bouquets I’ve thrown in your direction for the past four years! Get out, you asshole, you loser, clear out your desk, you cost me the House and the Senate!"

"No, I will not give you a few weeks’ notice, for the sake of your reputation and mine—get out NOW, before George Allen even gives his concession speech, and don’t let the door hit you in the ass! Run, you mo-fo, run!”


At 11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha... "mo-fo." Interesting how the day after he leaves, he admits Iraq isn't going too well.

Here's a nice little tribute to Rummy:

At 1:21 PM, Blogger Prendergast said...

Look at this and note the date, six days before the election.

Bush credited Rumsfeld with overseeing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while overhauling the military. "I'm pleased with the progress we're making," the president said. He replied in the affirmative when asked if he wanted Rumsfeld and Cheney to stay with him until the end. –AP 11-01-06

I guess when the President said he wanted Rumsfeld to stay "til the end" he meant "til the end of next week."

Historians will have to guess at what moment the Mighty Brain in the Oval Office decided that Rummie had to go; my guess is he truly was waiting to see how bad the election turned out.

It is sickening to see how poltical this administration is--Brown got FEMA leadership as a political plum, not because he was qualified. Same with Rumsfeld--a good old boy GOP player, failure after failure endorsed by the Prez--but failure or not, he would have stayed on in command if the GOP had done well on its mid-terms. Incredible cynicism.

At 5:37 PM, Anonymous Chris said...

Sue Doe Kristian?

At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Rummy's Retirement plan is better than his Iraq Exit Strategy. That'll get him worried.


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