Archive for Wednesday, November 8, 2006

NATION: Rumsfeld resigning, to be replaced by former CIA Director Gates

November 8, 2006


— Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, architect of an unpopular war in Iraq, intends to resign after six stormy years at the Pentagon, Republican officials said Wednesday.

Officials said Robert Gates, former head of the CIA, would replace Rumsfeld.

The development occurred one day after midterm elections that cost Republicans control of the House, and possibly the Senate, as well. Surveys of voters at polling places said opposition to the war was a significant contributor to the Democratic victory.

President Bush was expected to announce Rumsfeld's departure and Gates' nomination at an afternoon news conference. Administration officials notified congressional officials in advance.

Last week, as he campaigned to save the Republican majority, Bush declared that Rumsfeld would remain at the Pentagon through the end of his term.

Rumsfeld, 74, was in his second tour of duty as defense chief. He first held the job a generation ago, when he was appointed by President Ford.

Gates is the president of Texas A&M; University and a close friend of the Bush family. He served as CIA director for Bush's father from 1991 until 1993.

Gates first joined the CIA in 1966 and served in the intelligence community for more than a quarter century, under six presidents.

His nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

Whatever confidence Bush retained in Rumsfeld, the Cabinet officer's support in Congress had eroded significantly. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the House speaker-in-waiting, said at her first post-election news conference that Bush should replace the top civilian leadership at the Pentagon.

And Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who had intervened in the past to shore up Rumsfeld, issued a statement saying, "Washington must now work together in a bipartisan way - Republicans and Democrats - to outline the path to success in Iraq."


jonas 11 years, 5 months ago

About damned time. Accountability is a good thing.

cutny 11 years, 5 months ago

Am I glad we've seen the last of Rumsfeld?

You bet I am.

Do I wish he would've left before he took us this far down?

You bet I do. Ah, the end of the Rumsfeld speak and era. Good Riddance LOSER!!!!!!!!

Jamesaust 11 years, 5 months ago

So, its to be Robert Gates for SecDef -- Wichita native and former Chancellor of Texas A&M, and DCI under Bush the Elder.

Interestingly, Gates is on the record advocating that we talk directly with Iran.

Unfortunately, Gates doesn't have a reputation of speaking truth to power but was rather the perfect example of meteoric careerism in the intelligence community that failed us such much in the last decade.

Has Gates reached his apogee and now is ready to say "No, Mr. President"?

gccs14r 11 years, 5 months ago

They don't have 75 seats in the Senate, so even if the House brings charges, the chance of conviction is nearly zero. I'll be satisfied with a war crimes tribunal at The Hague in absentia and have them grab him later.

BOE 11 years, 5 months ago

While it suggests a major change, Gates will be coming to a Pentagon that was purged of dissent years ago, by Rumsfeld ... making it more analogous to what Kansas Education commisioner Corkins used to run; a one man think tank.

ryanjasondesch 11 years, 5 months ago

I like how the President says that this decision didn't follow the elections themselves, but rather he had come this conclusion over a week ago (he IS the decider). Interesting that he previously said Rumsfeld would be there to the end of his term, now he says it was decided BEFORE the Dems took over. Is there any mystery anymore that this man lies through his teeth everytime there's a camera around?

I think the Americans voted less for Democrats than they did for honesty and accountability, two things sorely lacking the last 6 years.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 5 months ago

Bush just earned himself 3 goodwill points, which means his running total is now... 2.

my2cents 11 years, 5 months ago

Democrats gaining control probably did play a factor into Rumsfeld losing his job. And it probaby was forcasted a week again that this might happen. But even with the Democrats gaining control, they wouldn't have been able to remove him from his post.

If your in the military or DOD, this could have a real affect on how business is done overseas. If things change for the good everyone will praise Gates, if things get worse everyone will scream how come Rumsfeld didn't stay.

We'll just have to the wait and see. For me I pray that things change for the better. I pray that Gates does a good job, because if I deploy in the next year to year and half (as believed) I wouldn't want anything else.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 5 months ago

The election was about more than Iraq:

Corrupt war profiteering Bill of Rights EPA destruction Lies about Social Security Lies about WMD's Screwing the middle class PNAC James Baker III and the Carlyle Group War for Oil Let's cut our losses and Bring the troops home *Now that Rummy is out it's time for Bush,Cheney and Rice to resign

pelliott 11 years, 5 months ago

You are dreaming, I won't scream Rumsfield should of stayed, if Gates can't do it, then the country needs to find someone who can. Rumsfield was, is, I can't say in polite society. That was the past, now is what is important, find a way to stop the slaughter and to deal with the problems of terrorism. Rumsfield didn't have it, couldn't cut it.

grimpeur 11 years, 5 months ago

From CNN: "I recognize that many Americans voted last night to register their displeasure with the lack of progress being made" in Iraq, Bush said.

Gee, ya think? I wonder, Mr. Warp Resident, if perhaps your fellow citizens also expressed their displeasure with:

continuing erosion of civil rights; abject failure to provide important civil services; massive budget and trade deficits, national debt; the royal ass-kicking the dollar is getting in int'l markets; pandering to religious fanaticism, ignorance and bigotry; flip-flopping on immigration; failure of stock market to reach Y2K levels in inflation-adjusted dollars; feeble employment numbers despite including even more hamburger-manufacturing jobs than Clinton used in his "200,000 new jobs" claim; lack of respect for members of armed forces; lies, lies, lies; utter squandering of int'l goodwill after 9/11; complete failure to address intel failings after 9/11; complete failure to take action against 9/11 terrorists; failure to address energy dependence or formulate coherent policy; raising taxes for next generations; divisive politics; absolute incompetence; all hat, no cattle;

and stuff? Nah, probably not.

acg 11 years, 5 months ago

Like rats from a sinking ship, eh?


werekoala 11 years, 5 months ago

Hey, when you have retired generals, the Army Times, and damn near every officer I've ever met saying Rumsfeld needs to go, I'd say he needs to have gone.

It was all about his "small, fast, decisive army" concept. While it's a good concept on the battalion level, trying to implement it across the Army was a big mistake. Rumsfeld is a big part of the reason why we didn't take enough troops on the ground to properly secure Iraq.

Then you have Abu Ghraib. He should have been fired for that, alone.

Point is, it's been past time for this guy to be fired. He might have made a competent undersecretary of defense in charge of restructuring army units for 21st century warfare, but trying to do the same thing across the military during a war is exactly the kind of incompetence that gets more of our boys killed needlessly.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 5 months ago

About Robert Gates who replaced Donald Rumsfeld. No doubt James Baker III had his dirty little paws in this deal:

Insiders trading

A significant portion of the millions of dollars U.S. companies and their politically influential executives have earned in deals with the Saudis has been through military contracts.

The Carlyle Group had a major stake in the large defense contractor B.D.M., which has multimillion-dollar contracts through its subsidiaries to train and manage the Saudi National Guard and the Saudi air force, U.S. Department of Defense records show. In 1998, Carlyle sold its controlling interest in B.D.M. to defense giant TRW International.

Meanwhile, the boards of directors of the Carlyle Group, B.D.M. and TRW are all stocked with high-level Republican policy makers.

Frank C. Carlucci, a former secretary of defense under President Reagan, was chairman of B.D.M. for most of the 1990s. Carlucci, who also served as Reagan's national security adviser and a deputy director of the CIA, now heads the Carlyle Group.

Along with former President Bush, other officials from past Republican administrations now at the Carlyle Group include: former Secretary of State James A. Baker III; ex-budget chief Richard Darman; and former Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Arthur Levitt.

President Bush is himself linked to the Carlyle group: He was a director of one of its subsidiaries, an airline food services company called Caterair, until 1994. Six years later, when Bush was governor of Texas, the board of directors of the Texas teachers' pension fund - some of whom were his appointees - voted to invest $100 million with the Carlyle Group.

The president of B.D.M. is Philip A. Odeen, a former high-level Pentagon official in the Nixon administration. During the Clinton administration, Odeen chaired the Pentagon task force that planned the restructuring of the U.S. military for the 21st century. Currently, he is the vice-chair of the Defense Science Board, which advises the Pentagon on emerging threats.

TRW, the new owner of B.D.M., has its own noteworthy board members, including former CIA director Robert M. Gates and Michael H. Armacost, who served as undersecretary of state under President Reagan and as ambassador to Japan for former President Bush.

Big Saudi money also makes its way back to Texas and the Bush family. The family of Saudi Arabia's longtime U.S. ambassador, Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, gave $1 million to the Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas.

BrianR 11 years, 5 months ago

A vote of confidence from this president is like a kiss of death, first Brown at FEMA now this.

At least he didn't make him go hunting with Chaney.

BOE 11 years, 5 months ago

The RW borg screams that Kerry's flubbed joke about Bush "called the troops stupid", but Rumsfeld would do it for real and with impunity, and they'd brand anybody who pointed it out as "pro-terrorist".

== ==

SPC. THOMAS WILSON: " We're digging pieces of rusted scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass that has already been shot up, dropped, busted-- picking the best out of this scrap to put on our vehicles go into combat. "

" We do not have proper armament vehicles to carry with us North. "


RUMSFELD: " You can have all the armor in the world on a tank, and a tank can be blown up. And you can have an up-armored Humvee, and it can be blown up."

== ==

Translation? "Sorry your beans are cold, soldier."

yourworstnightmare 11 years, 5 months ago

"You're doing a heckuva job Rummy" to "Rummy gotta go" in less than three days.

Bush has already admitted that he lied when asked a few days ago about Rumsfeld's status. Then, he said Rumsfeld was staying, because, according to GWB, he didn't want to spring such big news in the middle of an important election.

Pathetic liar that GWB.

Katara 11 years, 5 months ago

Bush keeps picking family friends that will just continue his policies. I'm not convinced this will change anything.

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