An editorial scheduled to


An editorial scheduled to appear Monday in the Army Times, the Air Force Times, the Navy Times and the Marine Corps Times calls for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

An excerpt:

Rumsfeld has lost credibility with the uniformed leadership, with the troops, with Congress and with the public at large. His strategy has failed, and his ability to lead is compromised. And although the blame for our failures in Iraq rests with the secretary, it will be the troops who bear its brunt.

This is not about the midterm elections. Regardless of which party wins Nov. 7, the time has come, Mr. President, to face the hard bruising truth:

Donald Rumsfeld must go.

I wouldn’t let the blame for Iraq stop at the Secretary of Defense, of course. The Vice President and President bear the ultimate responsibility. Nor do I think it’s accurate to say this is not about the midterm elections. It has everything to do with the midterms, as does, I am sure, the timing of the publication of these editorials. My only other complaint would be, what took so long?


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