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Donald Rumsfeld to Resign

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posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 11:56 AM
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FOX: Donald Rumsfeld to resign as Defense Secretary in wake of 2006 election.



FOX News

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is stepping down.

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. He said he did not know whether Rumsfeld has talked to President Bush about his future in light of the election results.

The focus of U.S. strategy for stabilizing Iraq remains the same, Ruff said: handing over more control to the Iraqi government and encouraging the leaders there to make political progress on reconciliation and resource sharing.


Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


It's about time ... if this had happened a few months ago, maybe last night wouldn't have been so bad.

[edit on 11/8/2006 by djohnsto77]




posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 11:58 AM
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Yes, I just heard this on Cnn. Why? After all this time is he stepping down now.
Weird. Just because Dems are in and Rep. are out is this the reason?



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 11:59 AM
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I wonder if he is really that worried about the Democrats having power in the House and the possiblity they might come after him and others in the administration? If hes spooked enough to jump ship like this I wonder if they are in fact planning to come after Bush with that baseball bat marked "Impeacher" on it?



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 11:59 AM
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THANK GOD.

I'm not against the war but i've felt for a couple years now that this man is incompetent. I don't think America should be in the buisness of holding land when we could have easily manipulated things like we did in afghanistan. We should never of disbanded the Iraqi armed forces.



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:02 PM
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I hope to god the dems have the balls to impeach Mr. Bush.



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:06 PM
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en.wikipedia.org...

Gates takes the job!



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:10 PM
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Oh...baby I smell fish and it's not rolled with rice. Betcha....The Whitehouse has cut a deal with the Democrats to can Rummy in return that NO Iraq investigations or Halliburton investigations are moved forward? Wow politics 101 are being preformed right under our nose.



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:11 PM
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What a candyass P.O.S. Rumsfield is. I can't recall a more arrogant, pedantic politician. He acts like the big-cheese who can do no wrong right up until the Democrats gain control. Now he knows he's going to be held accountable and he's going to make a run for it. What a slime. I'm sure he won't be the last rat to get off that ship. But I have to give him props for his speed of departure. He must have been in the blocks before the polls closed. At least we can all rest comfortably knowing the he has a 6 or 7 figure job waiting for him at Haliburton. How I love government.



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:12 PM
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Does happy Dance!!
Agreed,Thank God!



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:12 PM
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I doubt any "deal" went on. Rumsfeld tried to resign several times, and Bush wouldn't accept it. Now with the country swinging a bit to the left, Bush probably finally let him leave.



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:16 PM
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Originally posted by Esoterica
I doubt any "deal" went on. Rumsfeld tried to resign several times, and Bush wouldn't accept it. Now with the country swinging a bit to the left, Bush probably finally let him leave.


President Bush nominated Robert Gates to replace him.



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:25 PM
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Originally posted by Esoterica
I doubt any "deal" went on. Rumsfeld tried to resign several times, and Bush wouldn't accept it. Now with the country swinging a bit to the left, Bush probably finally let him leave.


I know he wanted out but if you think about it he might have wanted out before the elections cause he had wind that the change was going to happen. And Bush didn't want the rat loose in the gain field. Cause if Rummy gets out before the elections then somehting could have been disspelled that would have sealed any chance for the close elections to fall to the GOP. I mean Bush keeping Rummy "Under wraps" at lest gave the GOP a fighting chance in the elections. Now that the Dems have the edge you know there is going to be a call for investigations on the war some of the dems are just itching to BBQ bush over this whole Iraq and Halibuton issues. By giving the Dems Donalds head on a silver plater the Whitehouse could have bought some time on the investigations. I mean Rummy has had a target on his political rearend for years in Washington.

Anyone got any other thoughts?



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:26 PM
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BOO!(He's still scary)


Well, just wait and see what Robert Gates does as the new Defense Secretary. It may be out of the frying pan and into the fire.



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:35 PM
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Im actually glad Bush took such a hardline stance with Rumsfeld.

It let us all know how immovable he was in his policy and how deep he had his fingers stuck in his ears.

I believe the House would've gone to Dems anyway, but not the Senate(speculating, but I think VA is going to Dems).


So thank you President Bush for being such a hardhead, you gave us exactly what we wanted.

Edit:
And concerning relieving him right before the election, I believe it might have hurt the GOP like stated, but it also may have given moderates the idea that maybe the Repubs were willing to compromise, therefore keep em in power and let em reach out to the Dems. maybe. But like I said earlier, Getting rid of him months ago would probably have helped the GOP.


[edit on 8-11-2006 by Philadelphite]



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:38 PM
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You beat me to it DJ but the AP has added:

["President Bush said Wednesday Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is stepping down and former CIA Director Robert Gates will take over at the Pentagon and in prosecuting the war in Iraq."]



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:43 PM
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Yes my husband just call me and told me the news he resign yesterday.

Well I guess the heat is on, and now that the GOP got a clear message from their followers and none followers that something has to be done when it comes with Iraq.

I guess we may see more resignations around.

After all just because the GOP lost the house and the senate looks very close to call, it doesn't mean they can not start working for a better plan and look for 2008.



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:51 PM
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Originally posted by dbates
BOO!(He's still scary)


I'll say...



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 12:59 PM
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NOW, I'm celebrating! Woo-Hoo!

The first thought that came to me when I heard this is that since he can't do everything in Iraq just exactly the way he wants to now, he's going to quit. Yeah, I know he 'offered' to resign a few times before and I thought then it was only for show.

And I also believe that this is for show. Nothing will change, it's just to make the Dems feel a little better about their 'victory'. Like they can make a difference.

But still...



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 01:00 PM
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Originally posted by JackJuice
THANK GOD.



YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think that with the Dems in power now, he sensed he should get out while the getting was good.



posted on Nov, 8 2006 @ 01:09 PM
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Like rats off a sinking ship. C'mon baby daddy needs democratic party control in senate, big bucks no wammys. I hope they investigate all of bushes cronies and go on a witch hunt comparable to the witch hunt performed when democrats get a B.J.
readem and weep suckas



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