I love that these six generals have called for the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Not because I think it’ll do any good. I said a year and a half ago that Rumsfeld isn’t going anywhere, and I don’t see any sign that things are different this time around. On the contrary, what I think what makes this great is precisely because he’s not going anywhere.
Because of these generals, the public will increasingly understand that Rumsfeld has badly bungled Iraq and Afghanistan, and generally made our nation a great deal less safe. President Bush’s refusal to fire Rumsfeld will only push Bush’s approval ratings down further, perhaps a couple of points. Combine that with one other scandal (one’s due any week now) and he may break through that 30% barrier.