Friday, April 14, 2006

Thanks, Rummy

The Moose expresses his appreciation to the Secretary of Defense.

Donald Rumsfeld has accomplished something no government official has achieved. Rummy has brought the country together. He is truly a uniter and not a divider.

Republican and Democrat. Conservative and Liberal. Civilian and Military. Red State and Blue State. All together.

America is agreed. We are a united nation.

There is a national consensus - Donald Rumsfeld must go.

The lead story in the New York Times following a similar front page story in yesterday's Washington Post,

"The widening circle of retired generals who have stepped forward to call for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's resignation is shaping up as an unusual outcry that could pose a significant challenge to Mr. Rumsfeld's leadership, current and former generals said on Thursday."

It appears that there are only two holdouts on this national consensus - Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush. It is a curious moment. The Administration is in a free fall and yet the President is refusing to take dramatic action. Is W. engaged in a perverse competition with Richard Nixon for which President can achieve the lowest popularity numbers?

The President must decide what he values more - winning the war or retaining Rummy. David Ignatius makes an important point,

"Rumsfeld should resign because the Bush administration is losing the war on the home front. As bad as things are in Baghdad, America won't be defeated there militarily. But it may be forced into a hasty and chaotic retreat by mounting domestic opposition to its policy. Much of the American public has simply stopped believing the administration's arguments about Iraq, and Rumsfeld is a symbol of that credibility gap. He is a spent force, reduced to squabbling with the secretary of state about whether "tactical errors" were made in the war's conduct."

What does Rummy have on the President? The only thing less credible in the Nation's Capital than the Secretary of Defense is the Washington Nationals' offense.

But at least for the moment we are one.
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