Rumsfeld Resigned as Defense Secretary on Day Before Elections -- By Michael A. Fletcher -- Washington Post Staff Writer
CRAWFORD, Tex., -- Donald H. Rumsfeld, who came to symbolize the Bush administration's problems in the war in Iraq, resigned as secretary of defense one day before last fall's elections, although President Bush did not announce the move until the day after the elections.
The White House confirmed on Wednesday that Rumsfeld's letter of resignation was dated Nov. 6, 2006, the day before voters -- many of them furious about the war in Iraq -- evicted Republicans from the leadership of the House and Senate.
Not only did Bush not telegraph his intention to replace Rumsfeld, but he also publicly stated in the days before the elections that he envisioned Rumsfeld serving in his administration for the foreseeable future.
"I didn't want to inject a major decision about this war in the final days of a campaign," Bush said when asked about the statement by reporters. "And so the only way to answer that question and to get you on to another question was to give you that answer." [emphasis added]
OK-- it's out now. It's obvious for all to see.
The man is absolutely incapable of telling the truth. And, when caught lying, he perceived the above answer to be a reasonable response to the question. In other words, 'Oh, yeah, I lied. So what?'
Even when the truth would've HELPED his own party's candidates, even when the truth would've secured another rubber-stamp Congress [though it's not all that different from the one he got, apparently, but he couldn't have known that at the time], he lied.
OR -- chilling thought -- maybe he was looking further ahead than I'm giving him credit for:
Maybe he wanted to give Congress to the Democrats knowing there was no way they would 1] impeach him or 2] be able to clean up his mess in two years and, thereby hand the NEXT congress back to the Repugs -- so the next president would be saddled with a bull-headed, do nothing congress.
On second thought -- nah. I can't imagine Bush would do anything self-sacrificing like that.
I'm reverting to my first judgment. The man is a pathological liar, plain and simple.