Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rumsfeld Resigns (Finally!)

And there was much rejoicing....

Rumsfeld to Step Down as Defense Secretary
Bush Taps Former CIA Director Robert Gates as Successor Wednesday, November 8, 2006; 5:06 PM

President Bush today announced he is replacing Donald H. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense, saying a "fresh perspective" is needed at the Pentagon to deal with the war in Iraq.
In a White House news conference a day after midterm elections delivered the House of Representatives, and possibly the Senate, to Democratic Party control , Bush said he has chosen former CIA director Robert Gates to succeed Rumsfeld.

"Now, after a series of thoughtful conversations, Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed that the timing is right for new leadership at the Pentagon," Bush said.

Rumsfeld, a principal architect of the increasingly unpopular war in Iraq, had become a major focus of criticism for Americans dissatisfied with the Bush administration's strategy in Iraq. Democratic leaders, and even some Republican members of Congress, had called on Bush to replace Rumsfeld, who has been criticized by many military analysts for failing to dispatch enough troops to Iraq in 2003 and 2004 to combat the insurgency. More

Pardon my french but its about damn time. In my opinion Rumsfeld should have been long ago. And while his resignation may mark a new path that leads to victory in Iraq you'll note that I'm not holding my breath.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Why I Love Baseball

About 7 years ago I was sitting in the local corner bar which happened to be owned by an Atlanta Flacon player and a patron and the manager were having a discussion about why baseball was the greatest game ever. As I had had a few I felt the need to interject. And so I responded,"You're both wrong. The beauty of baseball is its simplicity. Not every parent can skate or play football, but even a single mom in a wheelchair can play catch with her son."

The manager bought me a beer due to that response.