What is it with these guys?
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"I think that Mr. Rumsfeld should step down," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California told reporters.
Kerry reminded reporters that he had called for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation last September based on "miscalculations" about the insurgency in Iraq and on "the lack of a plan to win the peace."
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, demanded Rumsfeld's ouster "for the good of our country, the safety of our troops, and our image around the globe."
In its Thursday editions, the Post-Dispatch called for Rumsfeld's resignation not only because of the prisoner abuses but also because Rumsfeld "seriously underestimated" both the number of U.S. troops needed in the Iraq conflict and the threat from weapons of mass destruction posed by Saddam Hussein's government.
DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD RUMSFELD should resign and take his top deputies with him. That includes Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Undersecretary Douglas Feith.
CrosswalkThey're like lemmings. Just push the button on the Dem-doll's back and, "Ru-ru-ru-ru-rum-ru-rumsfeld should resign," or, "T-t-tr-trentlott should resign," or fill in the blank.
Ultimately, the buck stops with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. John Corzine (D-N.J.) said in a Thursday TV interview, as a growing number of Democrats (Sens. Tom Harkin, Joe Biden among them) suggested that Rumsfeld may have to resign over the way the Pentagon handled the U.S. humiliation of Iraqi prisoners.
Despite the Democratic tendency to leap at the slightest Republican infraction I'm still waiting for them to demand the resignations of the transgressors in their own midst. The people I have in mind have disgraced themselves by their own deeds. They were definately responsible for their actions and should be held to account. Former KKK big-wig, and now Senator, Robert Byrd and Democratic Senator Christopher J. Dodd who praised him as a paragon of political virtue. Racist Democratic Representative Corrine Brown.
I'm waiting for the feeding frenzy to begin...
Their transgressions are a matter of record...
No knee-jerk Democratic jump to screech, "RESIGN!"...?
I thought so.
How can modern Democrat politicians take themselves seriously? Their hipocrisy is repugnant and makes them rediculous (their hipocrisy as regards racism is the main reason I left their party). They have proved themselves willing to take any position, to espouse any belief, regardless of the damage it does to our country, in order to gain the slightest advantage politically.
Calling for Donald Rumsfeld's resignation shows how low they will stoop. It shows how little our efforts against terrorism mean to them. Rumsfeld has set the tone for our military operations. His oversight is the reason our troops are so very careful of civilian lives. More careful than any military has ever been throughout history. To say that he, as Secretary of Defense, is ultimately responsible for his department is one thing. To say that he is personally responsible for a cover up is another entirely. His actions have been exactly what they should have been.
For a sense of proportion, let's rehearse the timeline here. While some accusations of abuse go back to 2002 in Afghanistan, the incidents at Abu Ghraib that triggered this week's news occurred last autumn. They came to light through the chain of command in Iraq on January 13. An Army criminal probe began a day later. Two days after that, the U.S. Central Command disclosed in a press release that "an investigation has been initiated into reported incidents of detainee abuse at a Coalition Forces detention facility." By March 20, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt was able to announce in Baghdad that criminal charges had been brought against six soldiers in the probe.
By the end of January, meanwhile, Major General Antonio Taguba was appointed to conduct his separate "administrative" probe of procedures at Abu Ghraib. It is his report, complete with its incriminating photos, that is the basis for the past week's news reports. The press didn't break this story based on months of sleuthing but was served up the results of the Army's own investigation.
By February, the Secretary of the Army had ordered the service's inspector general to assess the doctrine and training for detention operations within all of CentCom. A month after that, another probe began into Army Reserve training, especially military police and intelligence. Those reports will presumably also be leaked and reported on, or at least they will be if they reach negative conclusions.
This is a cover-up? Unlike the Catholic bishops, some corporate boards and the editors of the New York Times or USA Today, the military brass did not dismiss early allegations of bad behavior. Instead, it established reviews and procedures that have uncovered the very details that are now used by critics to indict the Pentagon "system."