FLASHBACK: Stickin' up for Rummy
I was digging through some old press clippings, and I found this gem from a Fox News article. It's from May of 2004, right after the Abu Ghraib story broke. Donald Rumsfeld was under a lot of pressure to resign. Fortunately, President Bush and I had Rummy's back:
With both houses of Congress under Republican control, impeachment [of Rumsfeld] wasn't on the agenda. Bush himself has said Rumsfeld has a job so long as he's in the White House.
He "is a really good secretary of defense. Secretary Rumsfeld has served our nation well. Secretary Rumsfeld has been the secretary during two wars," Bush said Thursday. "He's an important part of my Cabinet and he'll stay in my Cabinet."...
Lieberman told Fox News that the calls for Rumsfeld's ouster are a distraction from the larger picture.
"We're in the middle of a war — you wouldn't want to have the secretary of defense change unless there's really good reason for it and I don't see any good reason at this time," Lieberman said.
You can read the rest of the article to see other Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Charles Rangel, and John Kerry call for Rumsfeld's resignation. How could they have demanded that such a great man resign? Despite such extremist rhetoric from those far left voices, Donald Rumsfeld is still Secretary of Defense to this very day. We couldn't have made all that progress in Iraq over the last two years without him!