WASHINGTON — Donald H. Rumsfeld is stepping down as defense secretary and former CIA Director Robert Gates will be nominated to take his place. <...> "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. <...> 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 one
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.
We have actively been at war for over 5 years now, and Donald
Rumsfeld has been Secretary of Defense for that entire time. That’s
longer than WWII in one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. Sec.
Rumsfeld doesn’t even have a desk; he stands all day while working. Mr.
Rumsfeld thank you for the Herculean efforts you and your staff and all
the folks at the Pentagon, civilian and military, have made, but sir
it’s time to take a seat.
There is much to be said for continuity in offices of high import,
but also for a change that can reinvigorate. When faced with a
monumental challenge it is easy to focus like a laser on it, and that
can lead to failure to see alternatives to your way. I think Sec.
Rumsfeld has been unfairly painted as too set in his ways or convinced
he is correct. In a military unit it is vital that a consistent and
coherent set of guidance comes down the chain of command. There should
be no doubt at any level what the commander’s intent is, this is one of
Sec. Rumsfeld’s strengths. There also needs to be a feeling that before
a final decision is made the input of the many talented professionals
involved get to air their opinions and lay out all the options
detailing strengths and weaknesses of each, this is one of Sec.
Rumsfeld’s weaknesses. Fair or not, he is perceived as as not taking
the advice of all of those in the Pentagon and also of dominating
inter-agency battles over policy.
No one person is indispensable, and Donald Rumsfeld has certainly
earned some R&R. I believe he should announce that he will retire
after the elections, not resign, retire. He should go out with a parade
and a big party on the National Mall. The left has been calling for his
resignation and if they had their way, his running out of town on a
rail. What a perfect way to short circuit that by celebrating his
service and letting him enjoy that time-honored military tradition of a
retirement party. It may seem tacky to do so in the midst of a war, but
we military folks understand irony and the idea that we should “eat and
drink for tomorrow we die”.
This would also offer the president an excellent opportunity to
remind people that we are still at war and his choice of a replacement
would be a chance to reconnect the country with this. I believe he
should appoint a Democrat to serve as the next Sec. of Defense and for
some reason the name Lieberman keeps coming to mind. If not him, it
should be someone from well outside the president’s current circle of
advisers. I don’t subscribe to the view that the administration has
done an awful job of prosecuting the war on jihadism, but I can hardly
give them a glowing review. A new voice, different ideas and a fresh
start may be just what we all need.
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