Trent Lott Calls for Rumsfeld Replacement
Lott: Replace defense chief (Sun Herald)
U.S. Sen. Trent Lott doesn’t believe Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should resign immediately, but he does think Rumsfeld should be replaced sometime in the next year. “I’m not a fan of Secretary Rumsfeld,” Lott, R-Mississippi, told the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning. “I don’t think he listens enough to his uniformed officers.”
Rumsfeld has been criticized since a soldier asked him last week why the combat vehicles used in the war in Iraq don’t have the proper armor. Both Rumsfeld and President Bush have said more vehicle armor will be shipped to Iraq.
I still think Rumsfeld’s success on the transformation front, which has proven resilient to repeated efforts by Congress and presidents for decades, is enough to merit his staying on despite his occasionally irritating recalcitrance. He’s quickly getting to the point, though, where he’s losing the confidence of too many key people. I’m hoping he mends fences quickly.