Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rumsfeld Out

Drudge is reporting that Bush is going to make a significant announcement at 10 am PST. Expect that Bush will announce he's accepted Donald Rumsfeld's resignation. Just a prediction, but don't be shocked if Liebermann is appointed as Sec. of Defense with his Senate replacement to named by CT's Republican governor.

6 comments:

Orrin Johnson said...

That would be beyond sweet. I've been a big Rummy supporter, but he will be ineffective and frankly poisonous in this political climate. And if you're right about Lieberman, well, then I'll be that much happier.

SirWhoopass said...

So, what was the point of the "Rumsfeld will stay through 2008" speech that President Bush was giving last week? He didn't need to make such a statement.

PubliusRex said...

It probably reflected his mostly principled opinion, which has now clearly giving way to a wholly political decision.

Orrin Johnson said...

It was also one of the stupidest things to have come out of his mouth, considering the timing of it. I admire the principled stand, but without smart political calculus behind it, the principles never get translated into action. It probably cost one of those Senate seats. I should have recognized it as the innoculation to the Kerry stupidness.

SirWhoopass said...

I would disagree that it is now political while keeping Rumsfeld was principled before.

There were significant issues between the SECDEF and the military, along with the SECEF and Congress. It would probably have been a good idea to put in a different person months ago, if effectiveness in pursuing national defense goals is the benchmark.

I think Rumsfeld was probably kept on this long simply to avoid the political fallout of his leaving (ie, the perception that is it a defeat or retreat). Now his depature looks even more like a defeat.

PubliusRex said...

I agree that his departure looks like a defeat. It's a total capitulation and it gives credence to the view that Rumsfeld is responsible for whatever ills there are in Iraq and that Bush is responsible for keeping him. Don't count on the media to remind the public that democrats have been calling for Rumsfeld's head since before 2003.