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Ear to the Ground

Rumsfeld Resigns, Former CIA Director Gates Will Step In

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Posted on Nov 8, 2006
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Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates, right.

President Bush announced that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has resigned, and former CIA Director Robert Gates will step in at the Pentagon in prosecuting the Iraq war.

  • Hold off on the champagne just yet: Bush said during his press conference today that he and Gates share a common vision for the war in Iraq….
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  • But a small silver lining: CNN’s John King reported that Gates is close friends with Bush family consigliere James Baker, whose Iraq Study Group is reportedly set to recommend a major course change in the war.
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  • Bio info: Gates served for 26 years in the CIA and the National Security Administration. He is currently the president of Texas A & M University. Read more at Wikipedia

    AP:

    President Bush said Wednesday Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is stepping down and former CIA Director Robert Gates will take over at the Pentagon and in prosecuting the war in Iraq.

    Rumsfeld, architect of the unpopular war in Iraq intends to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon, Republican officials said.

    The development occurred one day after midterm elections that cost Republicans control of the House, and possibly the Senate, as well. Surveys of voters at polling places said opposition to the war was a significant contributor to the Democratic victory.

    Bush described Rumsfeld as a “superb leader” in a time of change, but said his defense chief recognizes the value of “fresh perspective.” He said Rumsfeld is a “trusted adviser and friend,” and that he’s “deeply grateful” for his service to the country. Bush said he and Rumsfeld agreed that “the timing is right for new leadership” at the Pentagon.

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    By Bukko in Australia, November 9, 2006 at 5:08 am Link to this comment
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    Ronald Dumsfeld should do the honourable thing, the modern-day equivalent to falling on his sword. He should volunteer to go to Iraq as a driver of an unarmoured Humvee. Or as a radio operator walking point on daylight raids on Iraqi villages. Too bad he’s not Iranian—he could sign on as one of those human mine-sweepers. Choosing to die in the mess that he created would be the only noble act he might leave on his legacy. Plus it would stop him from writing some crappy book defending his decisions.

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    By R. A. Earl, November 8, 2006 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment
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    It’s always nice to get your resignation on the boss’s desk JUST BEFORE his pink slip hits yours!

    Those who think the leaders of this Administration should be tried as war criminals may well have a point. But don’t hold your breath for it to happen.

    The US doesn’t even recognize the authority of the World Court. Not that it would matter if it did - the USA does what it bloody well pleases. Legal/illegal becomes irrelevant when you make up the rules to suit yourself.

    Nice neighbors.

    Slightly off topic… but am I the only one finding it VERY curious that Cheney is nowhere to be found on a day when a goodly amount of the US Government undergoes a major revison?

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    By Quy Tran, November 8, 2006 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment
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    A second hand pot contains used wine !

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    By kevtao, November 8, 2006 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment
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    I’d like to thank the Independents and moderate Republicans who made this election outcome possible. They did not drink the Neocon Nazi Kool-aid and watch this regime rape and pillage America for 6 years and think it was O.K.. And now that this pillar of America’s Axis of Evil has fallen, it is up to the Democratic congress to initiate Impeachment proceedings and criminal prosecution of Bush and the Big Fish——Cheney. Only with their removal can America regain a shred of it’s integrity in the world again.

    And to those Neocon Nazi’s now hiding under their beds at the thought of a Democratic congress: Worship God. Be fearful if you want to be. Fear God, or Gays, or Illegal Immigrants, or Ham and Cheese sandwiches. Just stay the Hell out of government!

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    By James V, November 8, 2006 at 3:11 pm Link to this comment
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    I think it is clear, to anyone who has honestly evaluated the changes and actions taken by the Rumsfeld Pentagon, that the lessons learned and implemented after the Vietnam War should not have been discarded.

    Micro management of the military in regards to specific operations by the civilian leadership should not be allowed nor condoned. Advise given by military leadership regarding force requirements, timetables for deployments and operations in general should be given the credence that they deserve. The entire fiasco that is Iraq could have been avoided entirely had Rumsfeld and the entire Bush team in Washington only listened to Colin Powell and to the generals who were in place. Had they just listened to the military leadership, had they heeded the warnings and suggestions made to them over the entire time leading up to and then on into the aftermath of the Iraq War, I personally feel we would not be in the mess we are today.

    After Vietnam, the military was very focused on avoiding the types of conflicts Bush and his team have committed us to. They learned that a war against an insurgency was not a winnable war it was to be avoided. It was certainly not a war they had spent 25-30 years rebuilding the military to engage in. The first Gulf War was a success on many levels because it did not abandon those lessons. It was clearly planned, guided and executed by the military leadership. Their voices were heard and their expertise valued. And as a result, the mission was actually accomplished. The wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq left the wisdom and the successes used in the first Gulf War behind and we are now seeing the fruits of that tragic decision.

    I fear that after this weeks elections and with this new appointment to replace Rumsfeld, Americans will come to expect some rapid change in the situations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unfortunately this is not likely to be the case. You can’t expect to miraculously appear on solid land after having been lead into quicksand once you realize “Damn, I’m in quicksand”. Sadly we’ve been in this position in the past. And it was called Vietnam. It too was a war poorly executed by incapable civilian leadership to our soldiers and nations loss. And in the end, the only solution to be found for that fiasco was to just walk away, lick our wounds and try to avoid entering quicksand like that again. In it’s wake we had a divided country and a shattered military.  We apparently didn’t learn our lesson after that fiasco. Let us hope that we finally learn it after this one. It just pains me deeply that so many people here and abroad must die while we as a country keep trying to figure this out.

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    By Palema, November 8, 2006 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment
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    Wow, Bush looked happier at that announcment than I’ve seen him in months!
    What’s up with that? Why doesn’t he look sort of chastened?
    Does he have a monkey off his back?
    Did he win a bet?

    [see pic]  http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/061108/photos_ts/2006_11_08t164302_450x355_us_usa_elections

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    By CW, November 8, 2006 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment
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    Great the elections are already taking effect. The resignation of Donald Rumsfeld is the start of a new course.

    This may be a sign that Bush will be willing to work with the Democrats, but there are a lot of investigations that need to be done. It is time for the Democrats to live up to the excpectations of the voters.

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    By Cleverboy, November 8, 2006 at 2:31 pm Link to this comment
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    As a decendent of one of “The signers” who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, I suggest that Mr. Rumsfeld do so likewise, retro-actively.  Not just resign.  He
    should first will his estate to the unfortunate
    families he injured, both American and Iraqi, and then, do the honorable thing. 

      We should use an auto-autograph machine to extend our deepest sympathy to his family.

    Sincerely,

    Just to the right of Handcock’s signature, you will find my name.

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    By Jackie T. Gabel, November 8, 2006 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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    Within 2 months expect to see Rummy’s “Confessions of Failure” (published on a million-dollar advance, no doubt)—the biggest limited hangout of them all, the retreat from the brink—it would appear the less-than-Strange-Love faction of the oligarchy could be taking the day, as it were, at least for the time being. But, do not leave off pressuring these madmen. They must all be taken down, the lot of them. Support 9/11Truth!

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    By levi civita, November 8, 2006 at 12:36 pm Link to this comment
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    Time to petition the congress to send Rumsfeld to the International Court to stand trail for war crimes.

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    By Peter Klausner, November 8, 2006 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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    Rummsfeld was a twaysch.  What makes you think Gates isn’t a twaysch?  Or at least a twasche’.  Don’t think the war is going to get better just cause Donald Rumjoke is gone.  Jokey Jokey Jokey, Joku and Kadoki!!!!!

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    By Rowdy!, November 8, 2006 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment
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    Chicken-s**t!  Stick around and face the music, like the big tough MAN you pretend to be!

    Who else will silently slip away now that they can be held to account?

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    By gl, November 8, 2006 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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    Thank you Rummy!!  Please contact Darth Cheney, who has just finished killing defenseless animals & has returned to killing humans - something you are very familiar with.  Perhaps he will also agree that “fresh ideas” are needed.

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    By Dan Weintraub, November 8, 2006 at 11:49 am Link to this comment
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    Oh terrific, Robert Gates. Now there’a a lateral move.

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    By lifewriter, November 8, 2006 at 11:44 am Link to this comment
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    Should it really be the case that the Secretary of Defense really is resigning, it will be interesting to see exactly how long it takes the Hague to indict this man.

    http://www.salon.com/opinion/blumenthal/2006/07/06/hamdan/

    Although this is a moment of importance, and victory for the people of the world, my heart still aches, at the tremendous loss of life that has occurred under the Bush Administration.  I encourage all of you to review the photos of this war, understand the mad destruction that has occurred under the veil of our alleged war on terror.

    http://images.google.com/images?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGLD,GGLD:2004-19,GGLD:en&q=iraqi+dead

    Yes, this man has left office, but his legacy remains.  Our lesson is to never let this great nation fall so far again.  And should our Executive lead us into war again, we must resist with 20 times the energy, 20 times the means, for what has resulted thus far cannot be rejoined, rebuilt.  Hearts, lives, families, communities, states, and nations have been ripped apart from this administration’s incompetence.  Light a candle tonight for all those whose lives have been shattered from this terrible war.  And vow that it will never be allowed again under your watch.

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    By Roger H. Werner, November 8, 2006 at 11:27 am Link to this comment
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    On the matter of Mr. Rumsfield’s resignation…all I can think to say is good ridance.  Perhaps he will have time to write a book (perhaps co-authored by Robert MacNamara) on the arrogance of power and the utter foolishness of our getting involved in a land war in Asia without a valid reason, the necessary resources in hand to conduct it, world support for our objectives, and the political will to finish the job.  Rumsfield is an pompous ass.

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    By Fotosniper, November 8, 2006 at 11:23 am Link to this comment
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    WOW, just WOW

    The only reason he would step down is because he knows that the shit will hit the fan. he knows hes guilty of criminal acts and he wants to get out of the way of the speeding train of justice. I don’t think he jumped in time.

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