It has been announced that Donald Rumsfeld is stepping down as the countrys Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon. It is expected that President Bush will announce his successor later in the day today.
CIA Director from 1991-1993, current President of Texas A&M University, Doctor Robert Gates will be named as Rumsfelds the nomination for Rumsfelds successor in the position of Secretary of Defense. President Bush calls him a ’steady, solid leader’.
Yesterday, the people went to the polls and cast their votes for a new direction - it is clear this country wants change. Today, President Bush accepted responsibility for the Republicans loss yesterday - voiced his dissapointment in the election results, congratulated the Democrats - and feels that he can work together with the Democrats to find common ground over the next two years.
President Bush had this message, following the election results today:
To our enemies - do not be joyful. Do not confuse the workings of our democracy with a lack of will..
To the people of Iraq - do not be fearful as you take the difficult steps toward democracy and peace, American is going to stand with you.
To our men and women in uniform - don’t be doubtful. America will always suport you.
Rumsfeld is the face of the Iraq war - - the face of failed policies and failures that the public associates with the war in Iraq. This was not surprising, not in the least. New blood is a good thing - it feels like a cleansing, and it feels good. The timing is right for new leadership in the Pentagon.
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Kos had it yesterday: Breaking? Rumsfeld is going to resign tomorrow. - It would be an interesting and somewhat plausible move from a President who is coming to grips with the fact that the next two years of his life are going to be a living hell if it doesn’t start actually giving in a little.
RUMSFELD QUITS, to be replaced by Robert Gates - HotAir: Bush says after a series of “thoughtful discussions” both he and Rumsfeld agreed that the “time is right” for new leadership…
Donald Rumsfeld Resigns - The Political PitBull: ..This a good thing. Period. I think this was probably going to happen regardless of which party took control, but with the Dems now with the purse strings, I think this shows that President Bush is more serious about winning in Iraq than he is about “staying the course.”
What the hell? Rummy resigns - Sister Toldjah: ..Is this a little concession Bush is offering to the newly-crowned Dems??
The End of the Beginning: Rumsfeld is Done - MyDD.com: The Bush administration knew what this election was about, and that’s why Donald Rumsfeld is out of office.