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The Rumsfeld Stain: How does Donald Rumsfeld survive as defense secretary?

by BOB HERBERT
Op-Ed Columnist
Published: May 23, 2005

How does Donald Rumsfeld survive as defense secretary?

Much of what has happened to the military on his watch has been catastrophic. In Iraq, more than 1,600 American troops have died and many thousands have been maimed in a war that Mr. Rumsfeld mishandled from the beginning and still has no idea how to win. The generals are telling us now that the U.S. is likely to be bogged down in Iraq for years, and there are whispers circulating about the possibility of "defeat."

Potential recruits are staying away from the armed forces in droves. Most Americans want no part of the administration's hapless venture in Iraq. A woman in Connecticut with two college-age sons said to me recently: "My boys should die in Baghdad? For what?" [...] Read it all at //www.nytimes.com/2005/05/23/opinion/23herbert.html or //tinyurl.com/9ygm8


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