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huckleberry Donating Member (729 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:12 PM
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NYT Editorial: Donald Rumsfeld Should Go
There was a moment about a year ago, in the days of "Mission Accomplished," when Donald Rumsfeld looked like a brilliant tactician. American troops the lean, mean fighting machine Mr. Rumsfeld assembled swept into Baghdad with a speed that surprised even the most optimistic hawks. It was crystal clear that the Defense Department, not State and certainly not the United Nations, would control the start of nation-building. Mr. Rumsfeld, with his steely grin and tell-it-like-it-is press conferences, was the closest thing to a rock star the Bush cabinet would ever see.

That was then.

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We now know that no one with any power in the Defense Department had a clue about what the administration was getting the coalition forces into. Mr. Rumsfeld's blithe confidence that he could run his war on the cheap has also seriously harmed the Army and the National Guard.

This page has argued that the United States, having toppled Saddam Hussein, has an obligation to do everything it can to usher in a stable Iraqi government. But the country is not obliged to continue struggling through this quagmire with the secretary of defense who took us into the swamp. Mr. Rumsfeld's second in command, Paul Wolfowitz, is certainly not an acceptable replacement because he was one of the prime architects of the invasion strategy. It is long past time for a new team and new thinking at the Department of Defense.

more at
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/07/opinion/07FRI1.html
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frank frankly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:15 PM
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1. Good, but i still hate the NYTimes. that opening paragraph is revolting.
Edited on Thu May-06-04 11:15 PM by frank frankly
they are gushing over how well we invaded a third world country that never attacked us.
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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:16 PM
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2. There you have it
The only question remaining -- will the announcement come late Friday afternoon, or is this one so bad that they'll wait until 5 p.m. EST Saturday, so it won't get big play in the Sunday papers.
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:19 PM
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4. memorial day weekend
so it will have time to blow over while we are all out camping and BBQing
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NMDemDist2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:18 PM
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3. Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah
:nopity: :bounce: :silly: :spank:
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Fovea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:31 PM
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5. Paper of Record Topedos PNAC
Now let's jail the bastids.
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 11:59 PM
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6. Will he even be around in the morning to testify before Congress?
He's sinking fast.
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