Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld is on his way out of office. He resigned after the war policies he helped create came under severe scrutiny by the Democratic Party. After the recent publication of the Iraq Study Group Report which characterizes the situation in Iraq as grave and deteriorating, he visited this weekend with the troops in Iraq to thank both them and their families for the sacrifices they have made, and are still making.
Rumsfeld's last day as defense secretary is December 17. The end of his time in office is not his priority. Rumsfeld's priority is clearly wanting to keep the focus on the troops, supporting them for their efforts, and supporting our presence in Iraq.
Even the Iraqi government recognizes the idiocy of the Iraq Study Group Report for what it is, saying that the conclusion by the group that Bush's policy in Iraq is not working is in error. Iraq President Jalal Talabani denounced the report saying it offered dangerous recommendations that would undermine his country's sovereignty and that the recommendations were "an insult to the people of Iraq."
The departure of Rumsfeld from the political scene may be detrimental to our policies in Iraq, especially if Bush does not stand firm against the incoming liberal Congress.
This trip to Iraq for Rumsfeld is his 15th visit since the war began, and follows an emotional farewell on Friday at the Pentagon, where the defense secretary defended his record on Iraq and Afghanistan.