Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Beltway Bullshit

Washington Post, Nov. 8, 2006:
Senior and former officials close to Rumsfeld say he will not be driven out by Democrats throwing their weight around in Congress. He has repeatedly said he would not quit, and defense officials say criticism makes Rumsfeld dig in his heels.

"He's not resigning," said one of those officials. "He's best when he's criticized."
San Diego Union-Tribune, Nov. 8, 2006:
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, a key target of Iraq war critics, gave no indication Wednesday that he planned to step down in the wake of Democratic midterm election gains, his chief spokesman said. Eric Ruff, the Pentagon press secretary, said he participated in meetings with Rumsfeld on Wednesday morning and heard no talk of changing war strategies or of Rumsfeld leaving his post.
George W. Bush, Fox TV Interview, Nov. 1, 2006:
President Bush said Wednesday he wants Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney to remain in his administration until the end of his presidency, extending a job guarantee to two of the most-criticized members of his team.
Talking Points Memo, Nov. 8, 2006 - 12:52 pm EST:
"Bush just announced that Robert Gates, the CIA Director under Bush 41, will replace Rumsfeld."
Washington Post, Nov. 8, 2006, 1:32 pm:
In a White House news conference a day after midterm elections delivered the House of Representatives, and possibly the Senate, to Democratic Party control, Bush said he has chosen former CIA director Robert Gates to succeed Rumsfeld.

"Now after a series of thoughtful conversations, Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed that the time is right for new leadership at the Pentagon," Bush said.

The announcement came a week after Bush had said Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney would be staying in their jobs after the elections.

1 comment:

paperfrog said...

Cheney will "retire" next. Early 2007, maybe.