Thursday, November 09, 2006

Moving On # 2

Rumsfeld has been wrong for America.

Does Rummy want to spend more time with his family? Or, is he a bone tossed to the military brass and Republican leadership?

Rumsfeld has been wrong for America, but eloquently so. I have grudgingly admired his lyrical sarcasm, and at moments, his candidness. This guy's thinking has been more transparent than anyone else sitting at the round table in Bush's war room. He has also served as a perfect foil. Personally, I will be sorry to see him go. That said, if this administration has to be taken down for what it has done to America - as I am convinced it should - I shouldn't quarrel if my favorites are peeled away first.

18 Moderated Comments:

Blogger DB Cooper said...

Has Vigilante ever asked a question for which he doesn't have an anser?

11/09/2006 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

From the L.A. Times Editorial this morning, is this take-away quote:

When Bush took office, his diplomatic and national security team of Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and Rumsfeld exuded a sense of seasoned competence. Yet they presided over a faith-based policymaking that has proved disastrous to the national interest.

11/09/2006 09:15:00 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Crossposting on Rummy's Bully Pulpit:

Once again, Republicans display their (seemingly) congenital inability to accept any responsibility for their (disastrous) actions which have so harmed our country internationally and domestically. Searching for someone to blame for the "Thumping" delivered by voters on Tuesday to the Republicans, Rummy blamed the voters' growing unhappiness with the Iraq war (which, you remember Dear Reader, was initiated so that "W", the Great "Decider"/Imposter, could reign as a "War President") on the stupidity of the American people, stating yesterday, that the Iraq war is "too complex" and not "understood" by we ignoramuses. There they go again: projecting their pathology onto us.

11/09/2006 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger Star A. Decise said...

Once again, Rumsfeld's rules seem to be wrong - The Defense Secretary's guide to govern by notes that "it's easier to get into something than it is to get out."

Not so. He'll ride off into the sunset without confirmation hearings, without an agenda and without thanks - at least from this quarter.

11/09/2006 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger skip sievert said...

Rumsfeld`s apparently going to adjust easily . He is thinking of introducing torture to civilian life now.

11/09/2006 11:31:00 AM  
Blogger HILLBLOGGER & Hillblogger Jr said...

Vigilante,

Was just watching BBC interviewing an adviser to Bush...Extraordinary turnaround, from brazen arrogance to almost dog-like humility with no in-between; insisting that Bush had offered the ultimate olive branch: work in a bipartisan way as if the word bipartisan is owned by Bush (heck, it was the impression I got from the adviser's answer); don't know but this 180° sudden turnaround and the endless use of that one word, bipartisan reminds me of a Karl Rove tactic...

I agree that Bush has no choice but to offer the olive branch but there's something funny with the way it's being flaunted about. Hmmm... maybe I'm not used to neo cons being so amazingly conciliatory so fast and so much.

11/09/2006 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger LittleBill said...

After his announcement, didn't you love the Bush push that he always gives to guests in the oval office?

You notice. by the way, that in interviews since the election, he still states that bipartisanship will continue to involve staying the course.

11/09/2006 03:29:00 PM  
Blogger LittleBill said...

Emily, re your quote from the LA Times, I hope that the Democratic presidential hopefuls are not going to continue to make faith-based speeches to the masses. In church appearances, if you wish, but please consider that there are many non-believers with principles out here too, and we want to be included in your appreciated audience.

11/09/2006 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Blogging4Food said...

Good one, Skip. (I almost want to rescind all the bad things I've said about you. Well, one, maybe.)

11/09/2006 09:06:00 PM  
Blogger M.D. said...

...seasoned INcompetence...

11/09/2006 09:08:00 PM  
Blogger Recidivist said...

People should be under no delusions as to the significance of Rumsfeld's departure. Five (5) secretaries of Defense presided over the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. And the war went on for five more years after 'Fog of War' McNamara was fired. The key to the mess of Mesopotania is the CIC, not the DoD.

11/09/2006 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

Given the situation in Iraq and the Shrub's recent statements that while he welcomes suggestions and comments on what to do there but that we are still going to win Gates should have told him to take that job and shove it. But I expect Daddy Bush talked him into at least trying to help pull his spoiled brat's butt out of fire. Given what the Shrub said a day or two before the election that Rummy was going no where I just do not believe them when they say this had been in the works. I believe this was less a tossed bone and more of an act or utter desperation. Rummy might be the fall guy for when the Democrats start investigating in 2007.

11/10/2006 04:55:00 AM  
Blogger Messenger said...

You're on to something there, Beach Bum. Scapegoating Rumsfeld will be the first resort to 'bring us together'.

11/10/2006 05:25:00 AM  
Blogger skip sievert said...

I don`t see anywhere that the Dems are going to rescind all the authoritarian /fascist legislation , taking away of rights, that has been done the last few years.

If there is a difference between these groups I fail to see it.
The farce of an election was made to blow off steam for the proles.
The same corporate Masters control the Dems and Repubs.

11/10/2006 08:01:00 AM  
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11/10/2006 08:08:00 AM  
Blogger Messenger said...

Clever, M.D.!

Recidivist, You make a good point.

But let's acknowledge that Sec. of Defense-select Gates represents an infusion of of a grown-up into Bush's cabinet of infantile militarists and superannuated cold warriors. He's a veteran of the first Bush administration and the Persian Gulf War, a representative realist long eschewed by Shrub. Gates and his peers, Brent Scowcroft and James Baker, wisely advised Daddy Bush not to press on to Baghdad for fear of destabilizing Iraq. Hope may be on its way.

11/10/2006 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Kirk said...

Star A.D.:

Rather than listening to the departing Clinton administration and national security experts about the threat of Al Qaeda, Rumsfeld's priority was an expensive missile defense system that can be easily tricked. About $50 billion was spent during Rumsfeld's regime, and still it's not a reliable weapon. I'm opposed to spending my family's share on useless gadgets. Kindly put it toward stem cell research, which has a remote chance of discovering something useful.

11/20/2006 05:45:00 PM  
Blogger LTE said...

I hold no sympathy for Rumsfeld. Had he really been the dedicated Defense secretary he aspired to be, he would have disagreed when the president wanted to invade Iraq. The proper response would have been, "Let's finish the job we started in Afghanistan." Rumsfeld's resignation is a step toward healing the massive wounds he and the rest of the Bush administration have inflicted on our military and their families, not to mention our foreign policy.

11/20/2006 05:48:00 PM  

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