Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rumskull resigns!

Rumskull is no longer Secretary of Defense.

Good freakin' riddance.


Blogger Ray said...

You posted that quickly. My clock says 2:02 and you posted at 2:03.

11/08/2006 1:10 PM  
Blogger Ray said...

So, was he really fired or was it his own decision? I bet he was convinced to resign.

11/08/2006 1:50 PM  
Blogger WCharles said...

The blogger clock sets the post time as the original time a post is started, and for some reason, the blogger clock runs a few minutes ahead of the actual time. I usually reset the time to reflect when I finish a post, but I did not this time because I was so giddy I forgot. :-)

Was this Rumskull's decision? I won't take your bet because I think you are right. And despite what Bush said, this action was taken only because of the election results. Bush had to have something to show that he is doing something--and this is not to show that he will try to be bipartisan, but rather to save his own sorry image. Many people said that this election was a referendum on Bush's Iraq policy, and while I think that is an oversimplification, that is nonetheless the perception for many people. Given that the GOP lost (for now, anyway) BOTH the House and Senate, Bush is thinking that he is looking like a fool. Something had to be done to 1) shift the blame for Iraq to someone else, and 2) make it look like Bush is now doing something to "change the course." And that meant Rumskull was more than expendable. If the GOP had held on to both houses, Bush would have figured he (Bush) was untouchable, and there would have been no need to get rid of Rumskull.

Dem majorities in the Congress present another reason why Rumskull had to go. Although the Dem leaders are saying that there will not be a rash of investigations, but in the event there are a rash of investigations over Iraq, having Rumskull out of office will make dragging his sorry ass in for questioning will be a bit more difficult. In other words, getting rid of Rumskull now is an effort to sweep him and anything he might be otherwise forced to say under the proverbial rug.

11/08/2006 11:47 PM  
Blogger WCharles said...

I also saw an interview with a reporter from Time magazine saying that many Republican campaigns he spoke with today were furious that Bush got rid of Rumskull the day after the election rather than before the election because they thought that if this had happened before the election, it would have helped them.

11/08/2006 11:49 PM  

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