Re: Rumsfeld Resignation Letter Surfaces

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To: ALL, From: "BILLZZ" Time: Wednesday, 8-15-7, 4:51
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"Jack Linthicum"  wrote in message
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> All purpose resignation, fill in the name and title of the resignee.
>
> A request for the resignation letter, submitted last Nov. 13, was
> finally answered in April. At that time, Will Kammer, chief of the
> Pentagon's Office of Information, said that a thorough search of the
> records ''revealed no records responsive to your request.'' A second
> request was submitted.
>
>
> August 15, 2007
> Rumsfeld Resignation Letter Omits 'Iraq'
> By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
>
> Filed at 2:38 p.m. ET
>
> WASHINGTON (AP) -- The word ''Iraq'' doesn't appear in former Defense
> Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's resignation letter.
>
> Neither does the word ''war.''
>
> In fact, the deadly and much-criticized conflict that eventually
> drummed him out of office, comes up only in vague references, such as
> ''a critical time in our history'' and ''challenging time for our
> country,'' in the four-paragraph, 148-word letter he wrote to
> President Bush a day before the Nov. 7, 2006 election.
>
> According to a stamp on the letter, Bush's office acknowledged receipt
> the next day, as voters were going to the polls. Bush announced
> Rumsfeld's departure a day later, after the massive anti-war vote that
> swept Democrats into control of the House and Senate.
>
> The elusive letter -- which the Pentagon denied existed as recently as
> April -- surfaced this week in response to multiple Freedom of
> Information Act requests by The Associated Press.
>
> But it sheds no light on why Rumsfeld believed he should leave his
> post after directing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for nearly five
> years.
>
> Instead Rumsfeld, in his last paragraph, says only, ''It is time to
> conclude my service.''
>
> The former secretary -- who took on the job at Bush's request in early
> 2001 -- talks more about the honor Rumsfeld felt in serving.
>
> ''It has been the highest honor of my long life to have been able to
> serve our country at such a critical time on our history and to have
> had the privilege of working so closely with the truly amazing young
> men and women in uniform,'' Rumsfeld wrote.
>
> A request for the resignation letter, submitted last Nov. 13, was
> finally answered in April. At that time, Will Kammer, chief of the
> Pentagon's Office of Information, said that a thorough search of the
> records ''revealed no records responsive to your request.'' A second
> request was submitted.
>
> The Pentagon had no answer for why the letter suddenly surfaced this
> week.
>
> Asked why Bush decided to wait until after the election to announce
> the resignation, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Wednesday
> that Bush wanted to avoid ''the appearance of trying to make this a
> political decision.''
>
> ------
>
> On the Net:
>
> Defense Department: http://www.defenselink.mil

I thought that all political appointees had a resignation letter on file,
and the only question was when it was going to be accepted.  Also I thought
that when an administration transitioned into a second term, then some of
them get pulled.  I'm given to understand that all military, O-9, and above,
have the same thing.

Anyway, it looks like business as usual to me.  Why this is a "news story,"
I do not know.  It's *all* politics, whatever the administration.

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