Rumsfeld Pays Farewell Visit to Troops in Iraq

Don Rumsfeld’s farewell tour made a visit to Iraq today.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said Saturday.

Photo Rumsfeld Pays Farewell Visit to Troops in Iraq Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman, Gen. Peter Pace, shakes hands with Pentagon personnel before his speech at a town hall meeting at the Pentagon, Friday, Dec. 8, 2006. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

“He’s there to express his appreciation to the troops and to thank both the troops and their families for the sacrifices they are making,” said Air Force Lt. Col. Todd Vician, a Defense Department spokesman.

Something else he didn’t have to do.

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  1. geezer says:

    He will be missed, and by a lot more foks than the media would give him credit for right now.

  2. vnjagvet says:

    Mostly the troops who are serving and have served.

  3. Jim Wrenn says:

    I, for one, am sad to say Farewell to Rumsfeld. As Captain Ed pointed out today (Dec. 10, 2006)Captain Ed pointed out today, Rumsfeld et al have already tried key elements of the ISG recommendations. Rumsfeld’s critics like to characterize him as obtusely stubborn but it is they who are stubbornly obtuse. What’s magic about the time-span thus far since the toppling of Saddam? The Islamo-Fascists haven’t set a time-limit for their struggle against Western Civilization. Why should Western Civilization set a time limit for itself? Why should Western Civilization now accept the ISG recommendation to go into what in the NFL is known as a Prevent Defense which is often a recipe for losing rather than winning.
    Jim Wrenn, Ed****@Po*****.Com.

  4. Timmer says:

    I will remember and honor him for his actions on 9/11. After that though…I can’t say that I’ll miss him or his policies.

    I believe he did the best he could. I also believe he committed the worst crime a military leader can; He engaged in wishful thinking.

    But I’m just a crusty ol’ MSgt who’s getting very cynical about the entire affair. Don’t pay too much mind to me.