Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Donald Rumsfeld Has Resigned

This is not even on Memeorandum yet, but Donald Rumsfeld just resigned. Bush named former CIA director Robert Gates as his replacement:

President Bush said Wednesday Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is stepping down and former CIA Director Robert Gates will take over at the Pentagon and in prosecuting the war in Iraq.

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

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.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read this. It's incredible that it took the midterm election results to get Bush to face reality. Just think, if he had done this two years ago, or even six months ago, maybe the election would have turned out differently.

Talk about self-destructive.

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