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Friday, December 17, 2004


The career of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is on the downward trajectory. Like a falling star or an aging Hollywood starlet. Look for him to be gone from the Washington scene soon.

The problem is that no amount of smooth talking and pie-sky lingo can conceal the fact that the war in Iraq is going badly. And the failure is Rumsfeld's. He has led the world's greatest military into a humiliating helplessness in Iraq.

Bush will have to understand that he has to dump Rumsfeld in order to make the fulfillment of the agenda for his second term possible. Iraq stands in the way of everything in Bush's domestic agenda, and Rumsfeld stands in the way of victory in Iraq.

Rumsfeld's departure will come soon. He may last until the elections scheduled for late January in Iraq. But not much longer.

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