Thursday, November 09, 2006

RummyGate: Will Gates be the first one that Bush has ever listened to ?

It is the SF Chronicles contention that The resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will reverberate through the U.S. military, shaking up not only the strategy in Iraq but also the long-term U.S. military posture around the world, analysts say. That may be but will it influence the Decider?
"The implications of Rumsfeld's departure go way, way beyond the conduct of today's war," wrote Noah Shachtman, editor of, which focuses on military technology. "The shape of America's military for decades to come is at stake." Yes but will it make Bush change his course of destruction?
That impact might not be felt immediately, military analysts say. Neither are there likely to be the immediate changes in Iraq demanded by critics and by voters whose anger helped drive Rumsfeld from office. So according to so called experts this change from Rummy to Gates is only another facade!

"I don't imagine the new secretary is going to have an enormous amount of elbow room," said James Jay Carafano, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation. "There's only so many things you can practically do."

I understand there is much talk about Gates past connections to Bin Laden along with his vast knowledge of today's threat! I also understand there is a deep Bush family connection. I Also understand Robert M. Gates, a veteran intelligence official whom President Bush nominated to become his new secretary of defense, is widely viewed as a consensus-builder who may break down barriers between civilian and military leaders -- as well as between the Pentagon and other agencies -- that grew legendary under Donald H. Rumsfeld. This all sounds well and good but will the Decider for the first time in his mis Presidency listen to good advice?
As usual with Bush Gates, 63 is a friend, he was also a close associate of former president George H.W. Bush and was deputy national security adviser during the Persian Gulf War. He rose rapidly through CIA ranks as a Soviet expert with extensive White House experience to become director of central intelligence from 1991 to 1993. In all, Gates has served six presidents in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Knowing all this, it all boils down to the same old same old. Will Gates be the first one that Bush has ever listened to or will Bush continue to ignore all good advice and stay his course of new middle east and world order?
I just want to say that whether or not Gates is listened to that he is right in that we are involved in wars that will shape the world for decades to come but it will not turn out as even he thinks. our so called leaders still do not realize the reality of what we are facing and I believe Bush the (mis)Decider will continue to make the wrong decisions!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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