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Rummy seems to be stepping down.

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Should have done it several months ago. Being stubborn about holding on to him was destructive, for sure.
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This makes me a lot more hopeful for a change in our fortunes in Iraq than a democratic house, for two reasons:

1) Rumsfeld has been the architect of a lot of the really bad decision-making that has led us into the current morass. Replacing him with someone a bit more saavy may help us salvage the mess in Iraq.

2) "The Decider" may finally be realizing that he has to make some changes if he wants to avoid another Vietnam. And the willingness to abandon failed strategies is going to be very important in the years ahead - something that, up until now, he was not able to do.

The new SecDef, Robert Gates, looks like much more of a heavyweight than Rumsfeld. One thing that impresses me about him is that he's recently turned down some appointments, including one to the Director of National Intelligence - which indicates to me that a desire for power is not what drives him. I hope he works out.

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There was a good article about him in this month's Texas Monthly. He's currently the president of Texa A&M. It's a very flattering article, and makes it clear that this is a very effective person, who's not going to let a desire for tradition overcome the need for change.

Hopefully things will get better. Interestingly enough, the article ends with his decision to stay at A&M.

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The new SecDef, Robert Gates, looks like much more of a heavyweight than Rumsfeld. One thing that impresses me about him is that he's recently turned down some appointments, including one to the Director of National Intelligence - which indicates to me that a desire for power is not what drives him. I hope he works out.



He's definately a heavy weight. Bush Sr. was the man behind the curtain in getting Gates in as President of TAMU (Texas A&M University), which put Gates in a holding pattern for future use by the current administration. So basically the Bush family put Gates in a ziploc bag keeping him fresh until he's ready to be used for some reason. I really think he turned down the other appointments due to Bush Sr's choices for him, having him wait for the "perfect" job.
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I'm telling you Bill, there's a reason, I'm not sure what the reasoning is on the time table of use, but there's a plan and there's been a plan. Atleast it seems quite obvious to me sitting here in College Station having watched him run my former school while my wife finished up her degree. Too polished, to heartless and seemingly distracted. I read the Texas Monthly article as well as the articles that have been in The Association (which is the former students association magazine).

Now if this will boster good or bad, I'm not 100% sure. I don't really trust Gates all that much, but then again, I'd nearly rather see Heydrich then Rumsfield.
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He's an Aggie??



He never went to school here, he's just been President of it. That makes him a wanna-be Aggie. To be an Aggie you've got to earn your Aggie Ring.;)

So its not as bad as you thought.:P
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GWB pussy-whipped so quickly:;)

President Bush said Wednesday he wants Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney to remain with him until the end of his presidency, extending a job guarantee to two of the most-vilified members of his administration. 11/1/06

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic congresswoman poised to become the top US lawmaker, said Wednesday that US President George W Bush should sack Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld 11/8/06
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Bush is such a sneaky asshole. You all know why Rumsfeld resigned right? Dubya asked him to step down because the Democrats just won control of the House and possibly the Senate. Since full control won't be shifted until January, he can get another one of his cronies through the confirmation hearings before the Democrats can stop him. Rumsfeld would not have stepped down by himself or on his own without Bush strongly recommending him to do so. Bastard, I would have loved to see the confirmation hearings on CSPAN with a Democratically controlled House and Senate. >:(>:( And I would have LOVED to see Rumsfeld getting roasted as well!
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I would have loved to see the confirmation hearings on CSPAN with a Democratically controlled House and Senate.



You mean like a Democrat congressman telling Jon Roberts that judges 'write' the law?

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You mean like a Democrat congressman telling Jon Roberts that judges 'write' the law?



Judges certainly don't write the law, but laws can be rewritten, so to speak, by case law precidence set by their individual interpretation of existing laws. I think that is probably what he ment to say and it was lost in translation! :o
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I think that is probably what he ment to say and it was lost in translation! :o



RIGHHHHT

I really doubt the asshole even knew that it was "HIS" job to write laws. The judges to make sure it's not abused.

Poor guy should have gone to college instead of being 'stuck' in congress. That's what happens to the low in IQ, I hear. They get stuck in congress.

If judges change the intent of a law through precedence, then the law needs a rewrite by the legislative body instead of letting it sit and morph. The legislatures are lousy at recognizing this.

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He's definately a heavy weight. Bush Sr. was the man behind the curtain in getting Gates in as President of TAMU (Texas A&M University), which put Gates in a holding pattern for future use by the current administration. So basically the Bush family put Gates in a ziploc bag keeping him fresh until he's ready to be used for some reason. I really think he turned down the other appointments due to Bush Sr's choices for him, having him wait for the "perfect" job.



I wouldn't hold your breath. Warren Buffet donated $billions to the Gates Foundation on the condition that Bill Gates was active (read full time) with the foundation.
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I wouldn't hold your breath. Warren Buffet donated $billions to the Gates Foundation on the condition that Bill Gates was active (read full time) with the foundation.



That whoosing sound you just heard?

Robert Gates isn't the same person as Bill Gates and Robert Gates has nothing to do with the Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation was created by Bill Gates and his wife. Robert Gates and Bill Gates are not related. They do have the same last name, so good job there.:P
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I am pretty sure there is more than one person with the last name Gates in the US.



it's ok, Bill is actively searching for them and buying the more successful ones out so he'll be the only major one available on the market.

then he'll jack up the prices

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I wouldn't hold your breath. Warren Buffet donated $billions to the Gates Foundation on the condition that Bill Gates was active (read full time) with the foundation.



That whoosing sound you just heard?

Robert Gates isn't the same person as Bill Gates and Robert Gates has nothing to do with the Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation was created by Bill Gates and his wife. Robert Gates and Bill Gates are not related. They do have the same last name, so good job there.:P



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I am pretty sure there is more than one person with the last name Gates in the US.



it's ok, Bill is actively searching for them and buying the more successful ones out so he'll be the only major one available on the market.

then he'll jack up the prices



LMAO

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When he takes over the Gates market then he'll start releasing lower quality Gates that are bloated and take up way too many system resources. Then they'll crash all the time due to this. You get up and wake up your Gates, go get your coffee while Gates goes through your e-mail. Of course Gates opens the porno-mag then catches a virus after falling asleep on the couch with it.

Nothing good will come of this.


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My mistake.



Don't worry, I'm MORE then sure that there are probably thousands and thousands of people that will do the same thing you just did. The difference is they won't have any friends around them to help correct them. So entire groups of people continue on in their lives in ignorance.
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