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May 06, 2004

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There is
this kiss of death:
Bush backs Rumsfeld as Pentagon chief

... Asked whether Bush wanted Rumsfeld to remain as Defence secretary, White House press secretary Scott McClellan said: "Absolutely. The president greatly appreciates the job that Secretary Rumsfeld is doing."

McClellan also said Bush has "great confidence" in Rumsfeld's leadership.
Though no one will answer here, I'll ask it anyway - Why keep him? PRO: It would send a BIG signal that we as Americans don't stand for the rape and tactics we (supposedly) went in to stop. CON: The only con I can think of is that it would be an admission of a mistake by the Rove administration. While I see that as a positive, they would see it a weakness - politically of course. And that above all else in this administration is the greatest sin.

UPDATE 12:29 Tom Friedman today: [T]he war on terrorism is a war of ideas, and to have any chance of winning we must maintain the credibility of our ideas. And he calls for Rumsfeld's resignation "today."