Thursday, November 09, 2006

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.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if the President had asked Rumsfeld to step down last week, the dems would have said it was a political trick. You got what you wanted. A great man stepped down from a tough job. I only hope the country can be better because of it.

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Anonymous, even conservatives thought Rummy should have been gone ages ago. You're so far off the reservation you couldn't find your way back with three maps, a compass and a guidebook.

9:40 AM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

It was so blatantly obvious last week that Bush was over-the-top praising Rummy.

One has to wonder, if the Republicans held the Senate, or wound up with close to a tie in the House, would Rummy still be on his way out?

My point is, what is more important to Bush: changing course in Iraq, or the perception that he is changing course in Iraq? What is more important: responding to the overwhelming response of the American people, or the perception that he is doing so?

We won't know the answers to that until we see what the new guy does. If there are dramatic changes, then that points to the idea that Bush is listening. If it's same-old, same-old, then Rummy's resignation is purely a political gesture, and nothing more.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Anonymous said...
"A great man stepped down from a tough job. I only hope the country can be better because of it."


I concur, Anonymous. I know a lot of insiders had it in for Rumsfeld because he was tasked with overhauling the military, and some of them are out of jobs now, but I agree that he is a great man who took on an extremely tough job.

He didn't really need all this grief and abuse. He did it because he is a great patriot when asked, agreed to serve his country. He has my respect and deep gratitude for his service.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

I know a lot of insiders had it in for Rumsfeld because he was tasked with overhauling the military,>>

Um.

Several former generals called for his resignation. Several Republicans in the House and Senate (some who lost on Tuesday) called for his resignation. The military newspapers called for his resignation.

It's a long list.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

Anonymous said...
And if the President had asked Rumsfeld to step down last week, the dems would have said it was a political trick. You got what you wanted. A great man stepped down from a tough job. I only hope the country can be better because of it.

The one lesson I have learned that has been re-inforced from this election is this:

Absolute power corrupts absolutely!
Bush/Cheney(the real ring leader)/Rumsfeld/Rove and many of their followers are drunk on power given to them by no oversight from the people, from the Congress and very little from the courts. They think with the undying support from the hard core conservatives like you,like Trinity, like Liebaugh, like Levin, like Drudge, like Hannity, like everyone at Fox, like everyone at Newsmax, like all Christians, like all big business, and like so many just plain conservative people in America, they can be the driver of the vehicle that takes America anywhere they want to take us and all the rest of us have to do is sit in the back seat and just shup up and sit quietly. Just like Trinity said earlier, the Republcans did not do so bad considering the abuse of power, the level of corruption, the constant hypocracy, the lack of doing nothing for poor, middle and upper middle class citizens,the Mark Foley debacle and the total Iraq debacle. If it had not been for so many citizens that still just give this Administration "carte blance" permission to do whatever they want without any oversight, the republican loss would have been even worse. This administration really thought that there was still a majority of Americans that wanted them to continue their "carte blance" policy. I can just imagine what the next two years would be like if the Republicans had won. Bush etal would then get totally drunk on power thinkng we were a 60% plus nation of sheep. But, they would have been right.

The above is the reason why Bush did not fire Rumsfeld before the election. He, Cheney, Rove really thought there was enough sheep in America so they would win and continue their "stay the course" policy and drive us down a narrow road as fast as they want.

Fortunately, there was enough people to say lets pause a moment, lets evaluate where we are going, how we want to get there and why we want to go where we are going. Not a bad thing! Only the democrat way nor the republican way to skin a cat is always the best. A combination of the two is better.

One thing is for sure: absolute power in the hands of one party is not best for America. The Democrats got drunk on power and it was not the best for America and the Republicans did things to sober them up. The Republicans starting getting drunk in 1994 and since they represented the wealthier citizens of America, they could buy more of the best whiskey to get drunk faster!!

Now I will hold the Democrats accountable, but also realizing that Bush will veto anything that benefits the ordinary citizen and not give all benefits to big business or the wealthest among us.

4:06 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

"He didn't really need all this grief and abuse. He did it because he is a great patriot when asked, agreed to serve his country. He has my respect and deep gratitude for his service."

I suppose overseeing the miscalculations and misteps in Iraq that have resulted in the deaths of more than 1,800 soldiers and perhaps hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens and ultimately may cost the U.S. to lose the occupation and invasion (It's not really a war) at a wasted cost of billions of dollars is not enough for you Trinity.

Maybe you haven't heard the news this morning that the Iraq Survey Group is seriously considering a phased withdrawl out of Iraq further magnifying the sheer magnitude of Rumsfeld's incompetence.

Like the Bush Administration, Neocon Republicans like yourself would have just assume to continue to allow Rumsfeld to march the U.S. Military off a cliff.
Thank God, the People on Tuesday wisely put an end to this madness in time.
The Democratic system works!

10:42 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

If there's one thing you guys are consistent about, it's your apparent complete lack of understanding of what it is we are trying to do over there. I'm not sure if it's willful ignorance on your part, or perhaps some sort of defect in your genetic makeup.

Other than that observation, all I can say is...NWOAR.

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

I'm not sure if it's willful ignorance on your part, or perhaps some sort of defect in your genetic makeup.

Yes, it's our genetic makeup. Some of us even have horns, a few have tails, and a third eye in some cases. I can even turn glass into dust! It's f'ing cool.

1:10 PM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

Trinity said: (among other stupid things) "If there's one thing you guys are consistent about, it's your apparent complete lack of understanding of what it is we are trying to do over there."
What the hell does this have to do with Rumsfeld's competence?
Dumbsfeld mishandled the Iraq invasion and occupation, as volumes of facts would attest. What does the motivations behind placing the U.S. into Iraq have anything to do with Rumsfeld's handling of it?

6:44 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

trinity said...
If there's one thing you guys are consistent about, it's your apparent complete lack of understanding of what it is we are trying to do over there. I'm not sure if it's willful ignorance on your part, or perhaps some sort of defect in your genetic makeup

Trinity I have told you why we are over there. Three reasons:
1. To explore for more of their OIL
2. To extract more of their OIL
3. To steal all of their OIL.

How much clearer can I be!? There is no proof of any other real reason!! And the Bush administration thought it would be easy, a cakewalk,a stroll in the OIL fields and a kiss on the cheeks with the keys to the OIL fields given to all the American Oil Comanies. Why else would they "Stay the Course" when the walls in Iraq are crumbling all around. They have to pay the Oil companies back for all the contributions to the Republican Party!!!!

A biological reminder. The DNA for all humans in the world are 99.90% the same. There is even genetic similarity between people from different countries. Have you ever wondered why people that need an organ transplant sometimes match another person that is not even a close relative? The .01-.09% that are different is usually those which causes many of the known diseases which science is trying to find the cure. So your DNA is very similiar to many people that you hate!! Besides GOD does not make bad DNA- does He Trinity?

Now tell us how being in disagereement with Bush's and your Iraq policy makes our DNA defective?

1:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We're talking about some damaged tissue on the right side of Trinity's brain.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

Anonymous said...
We're talking about some damaged tissue on the right side of Trinity's brain.

People that have a tiny amount of their DNA damaged, can be paranoid in their thinking and think they have all the truth, are the only sane one and it is all of the other people that are insane and have no truth. Fits Trinity to the tee.

12:55 AM  

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