December 15, 2006
The departure of Donald "Rummy" Rumsfeld has been painful to watch. A symbol of the Iraqi fiasco, he had to stage a farewell fit for an outgoing hero. First a staged Q&A attended by sychophants who asked such penetrating questions as "will you write a book" and "what books did you read" as Secretary of Defense. His responses were equally absurd.
Then a secret trip to Iraq to say good-bye to troops who don't want to be there. Secret trip because it is dangerous. His trip screamed "Failure!"
Now, to make things worse, Rummy, on the way out the door says, "Send more troops." Sixty-eight percent of Americans in the most recent poll want out troops out. But, hey, what do they know?
Remember when Russ and Harkin stood alone in the Senate?
Bye, bye, Rummy. A suggestion. Tape "Fog of War" II.
Ethics reform II. As predicted, ethics reform is now hot. Let's line up for pictures. But, as the obcene fundraising to pay for the Innaugural Ball demonstrates, let's get on with real reform. Public financing. No substitute. In the interim, make it clear no one dealing with the state will be allowed to make campaign contributions. Let's go!
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