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Rumsfeld to retire in Spring?

DRB

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/wn_report/story/372683p-316984c.html

White House officials are telling associates they expect Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to quit early next year, once a new government is formed in Iraq, sources said yesterday.
Rumsfeld's deputy, Gordon England, is the inside contender to replace him.
A source close to the White House said Rumsfeld wanted out a year ago, after Bush's reelection, but neither he nor President Bush wanted his departure to appear to have been forced.

"They didn't want to give the critics the satisfaction that their piling on was what got rid of him," a Bush adviser said.

Bush has told friends that Rumsfeld is a political liability, but the President has a history of sticking with his personnel baggage until an opportune moment.
However this there maybe another candidate...

There's also speculation that Sen. Joe Lieberman - a Democrat who ran against Bush-Cheney in the 2000 election - might become top guy at the Pentagon.
Rumors that Lieberman could replace Rumsfeld started flying early this week, and Bush and Vice President Cheney fanned the flames by quoting the former Democratic veep candidate's pro-war statements.

The mention of Lieberman's name prompted some Democrats to whisper that he is lobbying for the job.

"Lieberman seems to be coordinating his statements on the war with the White House," a Senate Democratic source said.

The source pointed to a news conference this week where Lieberman urged his party not to undermine Bush. The timing of Lieberman's pitch, also this week, to form a bipartisan "war cabinet" to aid Bush was cited as well.
 

Changleen

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At last, Rummy has been one of the biggest liars and distorters of the truth ever in Washington. "The USSR has secret laser weapons".
 

jimmydean

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Sep 10, 2001
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How will they ever find someone as insane and underqualified to lead the military though?

"As you know, you go to war with the Army you have. They're not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

That's classic! You can't make up stuff like that.
 

LordOpie

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Oct 17, 2002
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Rummy was amazing! He was picking a fight with Syria within a few days of invading Iraq. Come on, that's friggin' awesome.
 

Reactor

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Changleen said:
At last, Rummy has been one of the biggest liars and distorters of the truth ever in Washington. "The USSR has secret laser weapons".
Their battalion of Telepaths has been working to keep the bulk of America to realize it.
 

DaveW

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I did like the way he failed to disclose to the senate commite on North Korean nuclear weapons/plants, that he was on the board of directors of the company (ABB) that sold them the reactors, at the time they sold them......