Monday, November 06, 2006

Military Newspapers Want Rumsfeld Fired

GOI: New Rule (to borrow from Bill Maher's style ): If you (as President of the United States of America) support the leader of the military when military papers/people no longer do so then you no longer have the right to say that you "support the troops."
These aren't some liberal rags people. These are the main publications of the United States military saying, "Rumsfeld must go."

Oh yeah and 7 soldiers died today but no one's reporting on it. So sad that 7 Americans die and it doesn't even make the news headlines anymore. Are we that numb to killing these days???

By LUIS MARTINEZ

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2006 On the eve of the midterm elections, an editorial by the Army Times and its sister publications calling for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign continues to spark political debate, but the newspapers' editor denies any political motivations behind the timing of the editorial.

Tobias Naegele, executive editor of the newspapers, discounts reports that the editorial's release was politically timed to run just before the elections.

"We were really aiming past the elections," said Naegele, adding that the newspapers' editorial boards had been "accumulating" an opinion over time that Rumsfeld should step down but that Bush's comments last week were a tipping point.

"There was no reason at this stage to be committing to someone who had not been effective in the job," said Naegele. "That was the last straw. That really pushed us to want to speak out."

Army Times editor Robert Hodierne explains the timing of an editorial published today in the Military Times papers that calls for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Hodierne explains, "We did it right now because, last week, president Bush renewed his vows with the Secretary and said that the Secretary would be around for the balance of the two years of the president's term. We thought that was the wrong decision and took the opportunity to do so."

Titled "Time for Rumfeld to Go," the editorial was published in this week's editions of the Army Times, Air Force Times, Marine Times and the Navy Times. The newspapers belong to the Military Times Media Group, which is owned by Gannett, and focus exclusively on military issues. They have wide credibility among their military readership.

"All along, Rumsfeld has assured us that things are well in hand," said the editorial. "Now, the president says he'll stick with Rumsfeld for the balance of his term in the White house. This is a mistake. … When the nation's current military leaders start to break publicly with their defense secretary, then it is clear that he is losing control of the institution he ostensibly leads.

"Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large," the editorial concludes.

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2 comments:

JoeC said...

Of course the Army Times denies any political motivations, just like the Bush administration denies all those orange allerts are to raise his poll numbers. But every day of incompetence costs more lives, and the proof that Rummy doesn't know his behind from a hole in the ground is in the photos:
http://joecrubaugh.com/blog/2006/11/06/its-rummy-rumsfeld-time/

James said...

Joe:

Love the photos...thanks for the laugh.