Sunday, December 03, 2006

...on the last day of Bush's presidency

* FredBarnes just excitedly said that on the last day of Bush's presidency, he should 'use the military option and take out iran's nuclear plants'

* Henley:
"Someone in the administration must really hate Cambone, though, because they put the “spend more time with his family” line in the resignation statement."

* nyt:
"Two days before he resigned as defense secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld submitted a classified memo to the White House that acknowledged that the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq was not working and called for a major course correction.

“In my view it is time for a major adjustment,” wrote Mr. Rumsfeld, who has been a symbol of a dogged stay-the-course policy. “Clearly, what U.S. forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or fast enough.”
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Mr. Rumsfeld’s memo suggests frustration with the pace of turning over responsibility to the Iraqi authorities; in fact, the memo calls for examination of ideas that roughly parallel troop withdrawal proposals presented by some of the White House’s sharpest Democratic critics."

* TimesOnline has a great overview of the p210 story. Larisa's take on it here. (pssst - it's Larisa's birthday on Thursday)

4 comments:

tas said...

So, apparently, the minute Rumsfeld removed his head from his ass is when Bush decided that Rummy could no longer be a part of his administration.

Well, at least we know that SOME people never change.

rimone said...

FredBarnes just excitedly said that on the last day of Bush's presidency, he should 'use the military option and take out iran's nuclear plants'

and i betcha anything that fred's little peepee was at its biggest, hitting the two-inch mark, when he said.

fuckin' moron.

lukery said...

tas - i wonder if Rummy wrote the memo BECAUSE he knew he was going

viget said...

luke--

I agree. When I first heard this story, I thought "that's a cya memo, if I've ever heard of one." We know that the weekend before the elections bush was meeting with Gates, so I think Rummy knew he was a goner. So, he had this memo drawn up and leaked to give him cover.