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THE NEW IRAQ CRISIS
Donald Rumsfeld Should Go

Published: May 7, 2004

United States Armament and Defense

Freedom and Human Rights

There was a moment about a year ago, in the days of "Mission
Accomplished," when Donald Rumsfeld looked like a brilliant tactician.
American troops - the lean, mean fighting machine Mr. Rumsfeld assembled
- swept into Baghdad with a speed that surprised even the most
optimistic hawks. It was crystal clear that the Defense Department, not
State and certainly not the United Nations, would control the start of
nation-building. Mr. Rumsfeld, with his steely grin and
tell-it-like-it-is press conferences, was the closest thing to a rock
star the Bush cabinet would ever see.

That was then.

It is time now for Mr. Rumsfeld to go, and not only because he bears
personal responsibility for the scandal of Abu Ghraib. That would
certainly have been enough. The United States has been humiliated to a
point where government officials could not release this year's
international human rights report this week for fear of being scoffed at
by the rest of the world. The reputation of its brave soldiers has been
tarred, and the job of its diplomats made immeasurably harder because
members of the American military tortured and humiliated Arab prisoners
in ways guaranteed to inflame Muslim hearts everywhere. And this abuse
was not an isolated event, as we know now and as Mr. Rumsfeld should
have known, given the flood of complaints and reports directed to his
office over the last year.

The world is waiting now for a sign that President Bush understands the
seriousness of what has happened. It needs to be more than his repeated
statements that he is sorry the rest of the world does not "understand
the true nature and heart of America." Mr. Bush should start showing the
state of his own heart by demanding the resignation of his secretary of
defense.

This is far from a case of a fine cabinet official undone by the actions
of a few obscure bad apples in the military police. Donald Rumsfeld has
morphed, over the last two years, from a man of supreme confidence to
arrogance, then to almost willful blindness. With the approval of the
president, he sent American troops into a place whose nature and dangers
he had apparently never bothered to examine.

We now know that no one with any power in the Defense Department had a
clue about what the administration was getting the coalition forces
into. Mr. Rumsfeld's blithe confidence that he could run his war on the
cheap has also seriously harmed the Army and the National Guard.

This page has argued that the United States, having toppled Saddam
Hussein, has an obligation to do everything it can to usher in a stable
Iraqi government. But the country is not obliged to continue struggling
through this quagmire with the secretary of defense who took us into the
swamp. Mr. Rumsfeld's second in command, Paul Wolfowitz, is certainly
not an acceptable replacement because he was one of the prime architects
of the invasion strategy. It is long past time for a new team and new
thinking at the Department of Defense.


-----Original Message-----
From: Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Merfeld
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2004 3:32 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L]

Matt,

Could you possibly find some other way of giving us access to this
article?
When I click the link, it asks for a password.  Me no got no password.

Thanks,
David M.



Well, my ski season may or may not be over, however,
most of you finished skiing when the temperature rose
above 0* Fahrenheit, so I may as well open the List's
silly-season with:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/07/opinion/07FRI1.html

Nmad right!

Let our quagmire begin.

--Matt K.

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