FLAMING RUM PUNCH:

Removal of Rumsfeld Dates Back to Summer (JIM RUTENBERG, 11/10/06, NY Times)

President Bush was moving by late summer toward removing Donald H. Rumsfeld as defense secretary, people inside and outside the White House said Thursday. Weeks before Election Day, the essential question still open was when, not whether, to make the move.

Mr. Bush ultimately postponed action until after the election in part because of concern that to remove Mr. Rumsfeld earlier could be interpreted by critics as political opportunism or as ratifying their criticism of the White House war plan in the heart of the campaign, the White House insiders and outsiders said.

Well, removing him the day after the election wasn’t exactly a show of strength.

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6 Responses to FLAMING RUM PUNCH:

  1. AWW says:

    Yes. The time to do it would have been before Labor day when
    people begin paying attention to the election.

  2. Jim in Chicago says:

    I wonder if there was some sort of quid pro quo worked out with the Dem congressional leadership – Rummy gets retirement with honor, ie no silly kangeroo court show trial to appease the rabid Left.

  3. Bruno says:

    Honor? In DC? By either party? You’re kidding Jim, aren’t you?

    Just face up to the fact that these people weren’t the geniuses they were made out to be in 2004. They were hack who were
    lucky to be right more than they were wrong, and had a population that was willing to give them one more bite at getting it right.

    They didn’t. They got tired, stupid, greedy, and lazy.

  4. Bob says:

    Unnamed sources in the NYT Times. Will we never learn?

    There was no good time to get rid of Rummy. Unless the President and the Vice President were quiting too, it would have
    made no difference in the election. It was weakness to get rid of him on November 8. News flash, the President is in a
    weak position. The people have spoken.

  5. Orrin says:

    When the bureaucrat becomes the issue it’s time for him to go.

  6. Orrin says:

    Tax Cuts, NCLB, HSAs, retirement accounts, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, India, free trade, FBI, civil service reform, bankruptcy reform, sunset commission…. It was the best 6 years in GOP history and none of it can be undone.

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