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Text of Gerald Ford Statement on Defense Secretary Rumsfeld

by EdH / April 21, 2006 11:31 AM PDT

I have been extremely troubled by the efforts of a group of retired generals to force the resignation of our Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld. President Bush is right to keep him in his post. It is the President?s decision - and his alone.

Allowing retired generals to dictate our country?s policies and its leadership would be a dangerous precedent that would severely undermine our country?s long tradition of civilian control of the military.

I completely agree.
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I never had a problem with President Ford...
by grimgraphix / April 21, 2006 1:56 PM PDT

but one should remember that he did pardon Nixon. Wink

I am reminded of something we used to tell the kids we worked with in juvenal lockup facilities as they tried to rationalize the behaviors that got them into lockup.

If one person tells you your a screw up they could always be wrong... if everyone you meet tells you your a screw up then you may want to reexamine what you've been doing that got you in the situation your in.

How many times has President Bush and Secretary Rumsfeld stated publicly that they listen to everything their commanders have to say?

Unfortunately, when you consider history, Truman replacing Macarthur and Johnson replacing McNamara did nothing to fix those situations. I doubt that relieving Rumsfeld would do much at this stage of the game either.


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If one person tells you you're a screw up...
by EdH / April 21, 2006 8:23 PM PDT
they could always be wrong... if everyone you meet tells you your a screw up then you may want to reexamine what you've been doing that got you in the situation your in.

It's NOT a universal opinion that Rumsfeld is a screwup.I think they ARE wrong. This has more to do with toes being stepped on than anything else.

The fact that Ford pardoned Nixon and whether you agree or disagree with that has nothing to do with it.
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RE: if everyone...
by caktus / April 22, 2006 1:53 AM PDT

''Everyone'' told Winston Churchill that he was wrong and to shut up.

''Everyone'' told Ben Franklin that electricity was but a toy.

''Everyone'' told Lincoln that abolishing slavery would be bad for the country and the economy.

If like the targets of school yard bullies these folks had backed down what do you think the world would be like today?

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(NT) (NT) Half a dozen is hardly everybody. Not by a LOOOOONG sh
by Evie / April 21, 2006 8:53 PM PDT
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The retired generals are expressing their informed opinions
by Ziks511 / April 22, 2006 2:00 AM PDT

regarding the performance and suitability of Rumsfeld as SecDef., as they are entitled to do. It is of course entirely the President's decision to keep or fire him. To characterize the generals as "trying to force the resignation" is Ford's opinion, but is not necessarily accurate in regard to the generals' intent.

Are you trying to say by quoting him that opinions contrary to that of the current Administration, even when uttered by those with extensive experience in the field are not to be permitted? That way lies danger.


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It's inappropriate.
by EdH / April 22, 2006 2:28 AM PDT

to undermine the Sec when there's a war on. They have the right, but it's a bad thing to do. I think Ford was correct when he said that it was bad for the toops' morale and that the Generals were trying to force a resignation.

There's a time and place for everything and this is not the time nor place. In my opinion Rumsfeld ruffled too many feathers in his quest to remake the military and that's what's behind this more than anything.

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They are wrong ...
by Evie / April 22, 2006 2:31 AM PDT

... ESPECIALLY the more recent ones who were active and involved in the planning as it went forth. The moral action at that time would have been to resign in protest.

There's a difference between what is to be permitted and what is appropriate Rob.

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re generals expressing their informed opinions
by Dragon / April 22, 2006 11:03 AM PDT

I strongly suspect, from what I have heard discussed is that there is a "story behind the story", here. In other words, they didn't like the new 'faster, lighter' army idea in the first place. It could have been a paradigm they could not quite accept. I know that this is often a problem, no matter what arena we are talking about, whether it's in science, business, or whatever.

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I've grown cynical enough of our press

to think of this not as a fishing but a ''dredging'' operation. It's probably easier to find generals who support D.R. but that would not stir controversy. The press has alergic reactions when they sense too much ''harmony''.This is their form of medication for the affliction.

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