This morning on ABC’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked House Majority Leader John Boehner if he he thought Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld “has to go.” Boehner’s answer?
I think Donald Rumsfeld is the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years.
Let’s be absolutely clear what November’s election is all about, at least when it comes to the war in Iraq. The Republican leadership continues to unflinchingly support President Bush’s failed policies in Iraq… and both Dave Reichert and Cathy McMorris continue to support the Republican leadership. Should Reichert and McMorris win reelection, they will vote to retain Boehner as Majority Leader — or perhaps even promote him to Speaker of the House. Should Darcy Burner and Peter Goldmark win in November, they will vote for a new House leadership, one that will finally hold the Bush administration accountable for its failures. This is a choice between “stay the course” and a “new direction.”
So if you think Rumsfeld is “the best thing that’s happened to the Pentagon in 25 years,” vote Republican.
Elsewhere in the interview, Boehner claimed that “the President is listening to the commanders on the ground.” Hmm…
Major General John Batiste