Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld defended the war in Iraq in an op-ed piece in The Washington Post. “The rationale for a free and democratic Iraq is as compelling today as it was three years ago,” he wrote. “A free and stable Iraq will not attack its neighbors, will not conspire with terrorists, will not pay rewards to the families of suicide bombers and will not seek to kill Americans.”
But many others aren’t convinced about the success of the war or of Rumsfeld’s leadership. Paul D. Eaton, a retired Army major general who was in charge of training the Iraqi military from 2003 to 2004, wrote an op-ed piece in The New York Times calling for Rumsfeld’s resignation. “He has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically, and is far more than anyone else responsible for what has happened to our important mission in Iraq,” he wrote. “Mr. Rumsfeld must step down.
But in today’s news conference, President Bush remained loyal to Rumsfeld. “I don’t believe he should resign,” Bush said. “He’s done a fine job.”
Sure he doesn’t mean “a heckuva job”?
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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