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Thursday, May 06, 2004  

Secretary Rumsfeld on the Outs

Dare we hope it?

Dare we hope for the long deserved resignation of Secretary of Defense and suspected war criminal, Donald H. Rumsfeld?

A report from the New York Times, “Rumsfeld Chastised by President for His Handling of Iraq Scandal,” by Elisabeth Bumiller and Richard W. Stevenson, offers some hope:

President [George W.] Bush on Wednesday chastised his defense secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld, for Mr. Rumsfeld’s handling of a scandal over the American abuse of Iraqis held at a notorious prison in Baghdad, White House officials said.

The disclosures by the White House officials, under authorization from Mr. Bush, were an extraordinary display of finger-pointing in an administration led by a man who puts a high premium on order and loyalty. The officials said the president had expressed his displeasure to Mr. Rumsfeld in an Oval Office meeting because of Mr. Rumsfeld’s failure to tell Mr. Bush about photographs of the abuse, which have enraged the Arab world. […]

Another White House official said, “The president was not satisfied or happy about the way he was informed about the pictures, and he did talk to Secretary Rumsfeld about it.”

The disclosure of the dressing-down of the combative Mr. Rumsfeld was the first time that Mr. Bush has allowed his displeasure with a senior member of his administration to be made public. It also exposed the fault lines in Mr. Bush's inner circle that have deepened with the violence and political chaos in American-occupied Iraq.

I like the sound of that.

We’re counting the days, Don.

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