Rumsfeld, Praised Last Week, Resigns. Is It Possible Bush Didn't Use "Fantastic" Last Week To Praise Rummy?
Just last week President Bush called Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld "fantastic" and said Rummy would stay till the end of his administration.
As JABBS noted: "As unlikely as it sounds ... if and when Bush decides Rumsfeld must go, he ... can merely spin that what sounded like praise was actually a sign of disatisfaction."
That was sarcasm on Nov. 2. It's reality now. Rumsfeld announced his resignation Wednesday -- perhaps as a sacrificial lamb following the trouncing the Republicans took in the House and Senate on Tuesday.
Bush praised Rumsfeld for his loyalty and patriotism, but at the same time the president was apparently calculating that after what amounted to a referendum on the way his administration was handling Iraq, a change of some magnitude was needed. Ditching Rumsfeld was an obvious option -- especially after Rummy was embarrassed this week by editorials in Army Times and other military newspapers demanding his resignation.
As the Chicago Tribune wrote: "It may mean that the president really thought Republicans would hold onto the House and was shocked by the magnitude of the Republican losses last night into finally seeing how large a political liability Rumsfeld was. 'Actually, I thought I was going to be fine in this election. Shows you what I know,' Bush said in the press conference (announcing the resignation)."
Remember those definitions of "fantastic":
Definition #1: Conceived or appearing as if conceived by an unrestrained imagination; odd and remarkable; bizarre;
Definition #2: Imaginary or groundless in not being based on reality; foolish or irrational;
Definition #3: Highly unrealistic or impractical; outlandish.
In the end, the Bush Administration may wind up being remembered as a time of "fantastic" people -- including Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice and Wolfowitz.