And so, at long last, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has decided to quit.
You have to wonder about the timing. Might it have helped the GOP had Rumsfeld bowed to the rising chorus of criticism and departed sometime before the election — say, a year or two ago?
We’ll never know. The question now is what this portends for the American strategy — or lack thereof — concerning Iraq. For Bush, maybe jettisoning the weighty baggage of Rumsfeld signals an acceptance that staying the course is not an option with the newly Democratic Congress.
Maybe it’s also a first reach across the aisle in an effort to salvage some sort of legacy in the two lame-duck years that remain in his presidency.
In any case, Rumsfeld’s departure is long overdue. And the man who will replace him, former CIA chief and Wichita native Robert Gates, has his work cut out.
Posted by Dave Knadler
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