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Originally posted by curme
Is this a flip-flop or following the polls?
Maybe if Bush did this last year, the Republicans would of kept the House, and maybe the Senate.
It's the best thing for the troops. It seemed like keeping Rumsfeld and his failing strategies was an issue of pride, of Bush being unable to admit he was wrong while soldiers were dying in Iraq. Unfortunately it took an election to make Bush do the right thing.
Rumsfeld replaced after poll loss
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is standing down, after anger over the war in Iraq led to bruising losses for Republicans in mid-term elections.
President George W Bush said that he and Mr Rumsfeld had agreed that a "fresh perspective" was needed in Iraq.
Former CIA Director Robert Gates has been nominated to replace Mr Rumsfeld.
The Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the polls, and the Senate balance of power hangs on a tight race in just one state, Virginia.
"It's been quite a time," said Mr Rumsfeld in a short departing speech, delivered alongside President Bush, two hours after the president had announced that he would be replaced
More telling, however, is the ruling out of two options last month. One advocated minor fixes to the current war plan but kept intact the long-term vision of democracy in Iraq with regular elections. The second proposed that coalition forces focus their attacks only on Al Qaeda and not the wider insurgency.
Instead, the commission is headed toward presenting President Bush with two clear policy choices that contradict his rhetoric of establishing democracy in Iraq. The more palatable of the two choices for the White House, "Stability First," argues that the military should focus on stabilizing Baghdad while the American Embassy should work toward political accommodation with insurgents. The goal of nurturing a democracy in Iraq is dropped.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
Originally posted by grover
And who said your sig. Westpoint or do you know?
Yes I do, ironically enough it was said by a Frenchman, Denis Diderot 1713-1784.