Wednesday, November 08, 2006

W. Bush says farewell to Rumsfeld and a Republican Congress

In the days leading up to the Mid-term election, Bush said he wanted Rumsfeld to stay on as defense chief until the end of his second term. Eric Ruff, the Defense Department press secretary, said he participated in meetings with Rumsfeld on Wednesday and heard no talk of changing war strategies or of Rumsfeld leaving his post. The newly-empowered Democrats, though wasted little time today in renewing calls for the president to sack the defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.

Well, Bush announced this afternoon that Rummy has decided to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon. The Democrats’ electoral success on Tuesday now opens the way for congressional investigations into the conduct of the Iraq war and its aftermath. W, the chickens are coming home to roost! W will have to adjust to the new political reality of being a lame duck President in much the same way that TB is now a lame duck PM. The Iraq debacle has emasculated the pair of them (so to speak)…


Colin said...

It seems that W is one of the most successful presidents, at least according to this short summary of his track record:

(1) In the past, Saddam balanced the power of the Ayatollahs in Iran. Now, Iran dominates half of former Iraq and will soon have an atomic bomb to threaten the entire Middle East and probably also Europe.

(2) By forcefully promoting the EU accession of Turkey, he guaranteed the Islamization of Europe which together with the Islamic states of the Middle East with endanger American interests, prosperity and hegemony.

(3) To achieve all that, he expanded big govenment and its spending by 30% which might ruin the American economy. See, NOW with Bill Moyers

Obviously, Americans said thank you, W., at the election.

It might take a long time until another conservative politician becomes credible again.

istanbultory said...

True, the Bush administration, backed by the (former) Republican-controlled Congress, has been promoting larger government at almost every turn.
Whether or not he is a real conservative, he is no friend of limited, constitutional government.
Arguably the greatest scandal of all (and there are many to choose from) was the revelation at the end of 2005 that the Bush administration had engaged in domestic surveillance without the necessary warrants. Incredible.
Another notorious example of Bushite misrule involved the torture of prisoners, a power the administration claimed in the face of law and international agreements to the contrary.

Anonymous said...

Whether the strategy changes or not, and wehther it is the will of the Domocrats or not, Bush should have rid himself of Rumsfeld long ago, if fornothing else because of the woeful manner in which he conducted the war.

That isn't a comment on any aspect of the war or aftermath, or person other than Rumsfeld, but I do believe Rumsfeld was incompetent and the granting of contracts for reconstruction was fishy.

Peter Hitchens said...

Rumsfield "resigned" in the same way that Dr David Kelly went for a walk in the woods.