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Rummy Steps Down!
11-08-2006, 09:05 PM,
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See ya later ya sorry son of a bitch, dont let the door hit you in the ass on your way out!
Quote:Donald Rumsfeld Resigning as Defense Secretary
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,228173,00.html
WASHINGTON — Donald H. Rumsfeld is stepping down as defense secretary and former CIA Director Robert Gates will be nominated to take his place.

Rumsfeld, President Bush's sole defense secretary in six years of leadership, is the first administration casualty after a midterm congressional election that sent at least 28 House Republicans packing and left the future of the Senate in limbo.

Bush called Rumsfeld a trusted friend and patriot who had served his country well.

"Now after a series of thoughtful conversations, Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed that the time had come for new leadership at the Pentagon," Bush said in an East Room press conference scheduled Tuesday night after election returns showed an incoming Democratic House majority.

"Don Rumsfeld has been a superb leader during a time of change. Yet he also appreciates the value of bringing in a fresh perspective during a critical period in this war," he said.

Rumsfeld's departure was a surprise to many after his office gave no indication earlier in the day that the congressional outcome would impact his decision. Just last week, Bush said he had full faith in Rumsfeld. Then again, he acknowledged Wednesday that he thought Republicans would retain the House.
Bush said Gates brings a long history of organization and national security credentials.

"He's served six presidents, from both political parties, and rose from an entry-level employee in the CIA to become the director of central intelligence," Bush said. Gates would have to be confirmed by the Senate, whose majority will be determined by Virginia, the sole remaining contested election.

The president noted that Gates is a member of the Iraq Study Group, a congressionally commissioned panel co-chaired by former Secretary of States James Baker and former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton.

Gates is currently the president of Texas A&M University. Bush said he met with Gates on Sunday at Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas.

The ISG is soon to deliver a set of recommendations about the direction that needs to be taken in Iraq. Bush said he is meeting with the panel chairmen next week, and expected Gates to play a strong role in the recommendations to come from the panel.

Gates "is a steady, solid leader who can help make the necessary adjustments in our approach to meet our current challenges," Bush said.

The president said despite the changes expected at the Pentagon, he did not think Tuesday's election victories were a mandate to leave Iraq without succeeding there.

"I'd like our troops to come home too, but I want them to come home with victory," Bush said. "I mean, I can understand Americans saying, 'Come home.' But I don't know if they said: 'Come home and leave behind an Iraq that could end up being a safe haven for Al Qaeda. I don't believe they said that,'" he said.

Bush told Iraqis not to be fearful by the changes in the United States or its own halting steps to democracy. He also warned terrorists not to start celebrating as a result of Rumsfeld's departure.

"Do not be joyful. Do not confuse the workings of our democracy with a lack of will. Our nation is committed to bringing you to justice. Liberty and democracy are the source of our strength," Bush said.

"To our men and women in uniform: don't be doubtful. America will always support you. Our nation is blessed to have men and women who volunteer to serve and are willing to risk their own lives for the safety of our fellow citizens," he said.

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Rumsfeld, a former Navy pilot and congressman who also served as secretary of defense under President Gerald Ford, led the Defense Department response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. On that day, 184 people died when hijackers crashed American Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

Shortly afterward, the United States invaded Afghanistan, liberating 25 million people. Coalition forces entered Iraq in March 2003, which resulted in the downfall of Saddam Hussein but caused internecine fighting that critics say has led to a civil war with American soldiers in the middle of it.

Rumsfeld is responsible for a major overhaul at the Defense Department. The restructuring called for a significant reorganization of the worldwide defense command structure and an expansion of U.S. special operations forces that are more closely integrated into contingency planning.

He has also initiated a global restructuring of U.S. forces to reflect the shift in military challenges globally. He also oversaw recommendations for the largest round of base readjustments in U.S. history.

Rumsfeld plans to deliver a long-scheduled speech on the global War on Terror at Kansas State University on Thursday. A Pentagon spokesman said he did not know whether Rumsfeld would address the midterm election results in that speech.
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11-08-2006, 09:15 PM,
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Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Steps Down

Under fire from Democrats and a growing number of Republicans for the way the war in Iraq has been conducted, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld resigned Wednesday, a day after Democrats scored major electoral victories.
Donald Rumsfeld

Rumsfeld, who had served as Mr. Bush's Secretary of Defense since 2001 and held the same position between 1975 and 1977 under President Ford, had been heavily criticized for an unpopular war in Iraq, which has claimed more than 2,800 lives since it's inception in 2003.

"Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed that the timing is right for new leadership in the Pentagon," President Bush said at a press conference from the White House.

Mr. Bush said Rumsfeld had been "a superb leader in a time of change," providing a "fresh perspective in a critical period in a time of war," but that Rumsfeld himself admitted Iraq policy is "not working well enough, fast enough."

The Associated Press reported that exit polls from the previous night's election showed voters' dissatisfaction with the war as a significant contributor to dramatic victory for Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Last week, the president had campaigned to save the Republican majority, declaring that Rumsfeld would remain at the Pentagon through the end of his term.

Earlier on Wednesday, a spokesman for Rumsfeld said that he had given no indication that he would step down.

With a change in power underway in the Pentagon, Mr. Bush sent specific messages to those involved in the war in Iraq. He told the terrorists "do not be joyful", Iraqis "do not be fearful," and U.S. troops "don't be doubtful."

The president insisted that U.S. troops would not leave before their mission was complete in Iraq. "We cannot accept defeat," he said.

Mr. Bush said he would nominate current Texas A&M University president Robert Gates, "a steady, solid leader," to succeed Rumsfeld.

Gates first joined the CIA in 1966 and served in the intelligence community for more than a quarter century under six presidents, including a two-year stint as CIA director that began under President George H. W. Bush.

Gates' nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

Mr. Bush stressed that Gates, a member of the ongoing presidential commission headed by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Rep. Lee Hamilton that is charting a new course in Iraq, would bring "more than 25 years of national security experience" to the Pentagon.

The president said he would be meeting with Hamilton and Baker early next week to discuss their possible recommendations for a new policy towards Iraq.
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11-08-2006, 09:15 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-08-2006, 09:16 PM by RealTruthSeeker.)
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Part of me thinks this is all a ploy to ease a very angry public.
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11-08-2006, 09:20 PM,
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what exactly does this mean for the current administration (sorry, English dude) ?
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11-08-2006, 09:21 PM,
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Quote:Part of me thinks this is all a ploy to ease a very angry public.
well yeah its not like the guy theyre replacing him with is going to be a saint. im just glad were rid of that evil bastard.
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11-08-2006, 09:36 PM,
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I'm not so sure I like him leaving. If the democrats do start to investigate the bush administration and Pelosi isn't such a whore, it would be nice to make that bastard grill in front of america. They probably wouldn't get much more truth out of it, but letting him retire seems like he's getting off easy. Besides the CIA guy will only be worse. Remember who he replaced Ashcroft with. Ashcroft sucked ass, but gonzalez is a demon.
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11-08-2006, 09:37 PM,
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Quote:Rumsfeld Is Sacrificed, But Who Pushed Him Into The Flames?
All Early Reports suggested he would not go quietly, Was he set up to go weeks ago?
http://www.infowars.net/articles/november2...106Rumsfeld.htm
Steve Watson
Infowars.net
Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Despite early reports all indicating that Donald Rumsfeld would not be forced out of office over the election thumping, he has this afternoon "stepped down" by mutual consent.

"Now after a series of thoughtful conversations, Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed that the time had come for new leadership at the Pentagon," Bush said in an East Room press conference.

All indications suggest that, like Colin Powell after the 2004 election, Rumsfeld did not go quietly and was in fact pushed out of the door, offered up as a sacrificial lamb as it were in an attempt to re-arrange the deck chairs to steam valve a discontented electorate.

At 8:07 a.m. this morning the AP put out a report titled Rumsfeld spokesman says the defense chief gives no indication he will leave early. 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 had talked to President Bush about his future in light of the election results.

As little as two hours before the announcement came, Neocon mouthpiece Fox News was carrying a story headlined Rumsfeld Has No Plans to Step Down, Despite Democrat Gains. The headline has subsequently been changed to Donald Rumsfeld Resigning as Defense Secretary. Below is a google screenshot of the headline.

Just last week Bush made it clear that he had full faith in Rumsfeld and that he would not be resigning no matter the outcome of the election, despite the fact that all military news publications had called for him to be fired.

Rather than squashing speculation about Rumsfeld's future, it has been speculated that Bush's strong and timely statement of support set the stage for the defense secretary to depart without appearing to have been pushed.

"Appearances in Washington are often the precise opposite of what is actually transpiring," said Loren Thompson, a Lexington Institute defense analyst with close ties to the military. "In this case, a vote of confidence from the president may make it easier for Rumsfeld to depart."

Soon to be House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, it seems, also played a part in Rumsfeld's axing.

This morning Pelosi had a "brief meeting" with the President in which they presumably agreed that Rumsfeld would be exited:

Pelosi said in her brief conversation with President Bush on Wednesday morning, they talked about "their wish to work in a bipartisan way" for the American people. "And I think nowhere is that more necessary than with the problem in Iraq," she added. Pressed by another reporter on Iraq, Pelosi said President Bush must "signal a change of direction." She said one good place to start would be to "change the civilian leadership at the Pentagon" - get rid of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in other words.
Pelosi is already on the record as saying that no impeachment proceedings against President Bush, whether it be for deliberately lying a nation into war or being complicit in 9/11, will take place.

"Impeachment is off the table....it's a pledge....it is a waste of time," Pelosi told 60 Minutes recently. Have we already seen "their wish to work in a bipartisan way" in action today with the outright firing of Rumsfeld?

The Washington Post earlier reported that Senior and former officials close to Rumsfeld said he would not be driven out by Democrats throwing their weight around in Congress. He has repeatedly said he would not quit, and defense officials say criticism makes Rumsfeld dig in his heels.

"He's not resigning," said one of those officials. "He's best when he's criticized."

The Post also reported in the same article:

"The Democrats' victory in the House of Representatives almost certainly ensures investigations into the Pentagon's management of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some Democratic strategists and congressional staff predict Rumsfeld will be not around for the grilling."

In other words we have already witnessed Pelosi letting the first Neocon clean off the hook. Whilst Democrats will laud the action as an immediate swing of the axe, in reality Rumsfeld has got away with a light bottom spanking. No doubt he can now scuttle off to serve his days out on the board of multiple defense contractors and rake in the profits from the killing spree he has overseen in Iraq.

The ongoing trial of Saddam Hussein and the investigation of his gassing of the Kurdish people, with weapons that Rumsfeld personally delivered to him, also makes this a timely point for Rumsfeld to make an exit. As does the fact that Rumsfeld sold North Korea the means to go nuclear.

Rumsfeld's legacy will be one of a man who ceaselessly spewed war propaganda, sent Iraq into total bedlam and got off scott free. With the Democrats now at the Helm in Congress and Joining in with the "Power and Perversion", as John Stewart so succinctly put it, order out of chaos can be offered as the solution.

The electorate has once again witnessed the Hegelian Dialectic system of the elite power faction of America in operation. They create the problem, they garner the reaction and they offer up the solution and complete their long term agenda.
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11-08-2006, 09:45 PM,
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im not expecting the person to take his place will be any better...proly just worse
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11-08-2006, 09:48 PM,
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Heres a good post on his successor

http://conspiracycentral.info/index.php?showtopic=3774
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11-08-2006, 10:01 PM,
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Great that he is removed from post, but alas he will not go anywhere really, besides he is now out of the limelight and off the hook somewhat, no sign of impeachment etc thanks to the new house leader, its all a bit of a sham. They had to have a scapegoat.

Better the devil you know than the one you don't?... time will tell...

I think this was the easy way out, besides the parties will probably work together and I doubt anything wild will happen as leading figures from both sides are probably involved in the bad stuff somewhere along the line.
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11-08-2006, 10:46 PM, (This post was last modified: 11-08-2006, 10:47 PM by OWN-the-NWO.)
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Quote:I'm not so sure I like him leaving. If the democrats do start to investigate the bush administration and Pelosi isn't such a whore, it would be nice to make that bastard grill in front of america. They probably wouldn't get much more truth out of it, but letting him retire seems like he's getting off easy. Besides the CIA guy will only be worse. Remember who he replaced Ashcroft with. Ashcroft sucked ass, but gonzalez is a demon.


man is that a good point.

the new secretary of defense is going to give them AIDS "vaccines"

and feed them DUMRE's.
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11-08-2006, 11:51 PM,
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Brandon Corey might be happy :-)
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11-09-2006, 03:32 AM,
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It's the least that could happen to this demon for giving us aspartame, wars, corruption, tamiflu and worse but..it's a start.

This has to be killing the poor old sob. From everything I have ever seen with this guy he is about "winning" (for the side of evil mind you). He was brought over to G.D. Searle to help aspartame get through the FDA. The guy is just downright evil.

Aspartame - Rumsfeld's Bioweapon Legacy
http://www.rense.com/general67/rum.htm

Bilderbergers, Rumsfeld Profit from Avian Flu Scam
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/octob...1005fluscam.htm

The Saddam in Rumsfeld’s Closet
http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0802-01.htm
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11-09-2006, 06:55 AM,
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Quote:Brandon Corey might be happy :-)

No. Brandon Corey would be happy if Dick Cheney stepped down.
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11-09-2006, 08:10 AM, (This post was last modified: 11-09-2006, 08:10 AM by deathstickboy.)
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Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

His job is done, he set the Pentagon on its Drone Army, and automated control grid build up, now its time to play golf and enjoy the fruits of his mass murder...
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