Menu

Rumsfeld Resignation?

Two more retired generals called for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's resignation on Thursday, bringing the number this month to six.

The White House insists the defense secretary retains President Bush's confidence. Few close to the administration expect him to be shown the door.

Retired Army Major Gen. John Riggs told National Public Radio that Rumsfeld fostered an "atmosphere of arrogance." Retired Army Maj. Gen. Charles Swannack said in a televised interview that Rumsfeld micromanaged the war. "We need a new secretary of defense," he said. Read more.

What do YOU think of the job Rumsfeld has done as Defense Secretary? Is it time for him to step down?

E-mail us at speakout@foxnews.com and let us know what YOU think!


Here's what people in the news are saying:

"The president believes Secretary Rumsfeld is doing a very fine job during a challenging period in our nation's history." — White House spokesman Scott McClellan

"The president and his team cannot afford to lose that support." — Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Kurt Campbell

"I don't know how many generals there are. There are a couple thousand at least, and they're going to have opinions. It's not surprising, we're in a war." — Pentagon spokesman Eric Ruff


Here's what FOX Fans are saying:

“How can the public comment in an intelligent way about Secretary Rumsfeld, since we are spoon-fed the news from the media. There’s no way the public can make an unbiased, logical conclusion about whether Rumsfeld should resign or not. He may be doing a great job, but with the current mentality of the public and the filtered news that is put out, there is no way to answer to your question.” — Stan

“Rumsfeld is a great leader and a great secretary of defense. The old adage that ‘no good deed goes unpunished’ certainly applies to Rumsfeld. I feel bad for him. He doesn’t deserve the criticism that is heaped on him every day by know-it-all generals and the media. On this Good Friday, I am thankful for the leadership of this nation and pray that they will persevere in preserving and promoting freedom around the world. No matter what he or President Bush does, it would be wrong, according to those who are out of power in Washington.” — Sue (Cedar Hills, UT)

“I admire Donald Rumsfeld. Even my wife admires him. I think Mr. Rumsfeld is doing a great job with what he began with. With some of the generals that have retired lately, he should be able to have a more effective leadership with some of the dead weight removed from his presence.” — Eugene

“Should Rumsfeld resign? Heck no. Who are these generals to think that they should take the power from the people? Maybe they don't like his arrogance because he is a civilian. Maybe it is because they just don't like the current elected administration.” — Phil (Jacksonville, FL)

“Bush has simply surrounded himself with people who think similarly — those with a neo-conservative worldview. So Rumsfeld is only a small piece of the problem — a symptom, if you will. His resignation would only lead to a replacement, sharing similar beliefs to those of the president and vice president. No genuine improvement would occur and no new ideas would likely result. The resignation would be mainly for political expediency to reduce public pressure on the administration for a war gone bad. So the notion of new ideas is a moot point since they cannot come from ‘yes men’ or those with a parallel neo-conservative worldview. If Rumsfeld's replacement did not have these qualities, he would not be selected. Rumsfeld missed the mark in estimating everything from the ferocity of insurgency to the number of soldiers it would require to win the peace in the post-war occupation. The entire war was a gross underestimation from start to finish by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. All had been repeatedly told what was needed by academy-educated, battle-tested officers and they chose to ignore it, as they continue to do to this day. Therefore, Rumsfeld's resignation or firing will make no long-term difference whatsoever.” — Chet (Reno, NV)

“Mr. Rumsfeld needs to go. If not, then charge him for fraud, waste, and abuse. If memory serves me correctly, the Defense Department has hired at least three companies to see if the military was overtaxed and short on personnel. All three of these reports came back saying the same thing: the military is too small to accomplish its mission, and that its personnel are all over taxed. Mr. Rumsfeld always dismisses these reports, saying that the military is in fine shape. How many people know that stop-loss is still in effect in many units? Why does the Defense Department commission there survive only to dismiss them? That is fraud, waste, and abuse on Mr. Rumsfeld’s part. He needs to go.” — Paul (First Sergeant U.S. Army, Retired, Missouri)

“No, he should not resign. I think he has done the best job that anyone could under these circumstances. This is a unique type of war and the fact that a few former senior officers don't like him and disagree with his direction comes as no surprise. After all, military leaders are political, too. I’ll become concerned about his performance when generals start risking their careers in opposing or criticizing him.” — Phil (Rensselaer, NY)

“I personally think Rumsfeld is doing a great job. I understand that he works under the pressure of the president and not the generals. I wish these generals would learn the chain of command.” — David (Muskogee, OK)

“No, Secretary Rumsfeld should not resign. He is exactly the kind of tough leader we need in wartime, especially in this kind of war with such ruthless enemies. The retired generals should not voice their political opinions, which can only weaken America's resolve to win, and win we must in order to keep our way of life. So, I say to Secretary Rumsfeld, 'Hang in there and don't let them wear you down!'” — William (Mexico City, MX)

“I don’t understand the supporters of Rumsfeld or Bush for that matter. Stop putting your loyalty to these men above loyalty to this country. You say he transformed the military from a Cold War military to what is needed for the 21st Century? The only thing Rumsfeld has done is transform the greatest military in the world, the U.S. military, into an Iraqi police force. If he had done the excellent job you all claim he has done, we wouldn’t have over 2,364 dead, 17,269 plus wounded, and $270 billion spent with no end in sight.” — Bryant

“I believe it is easy to attack someone when things are going rough. Would there be any difference in the attitude of the Iraqi people if someone else were in charge? No. This is not a conventional war and policing is very difficult. We need to support those in charge if we want to get our boys home.” — Glenn

“I thought he should have left instead of Powell. This country is in a world of hurt due to the last six years. Can't somebody help us out?” — Ken

“Rummy should resign. It was he who was asked during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, 'Why don’t you think he [Hussein] has not used weapons of mass destruction against us [our soldiers who were invading]?' Rummy responded, to wit: 'I don’t know — next question.' Everything about Rummy’s leadership about the Iraq situation has been so unadulteratedly and aggressive, but at the end of the day, it has been so very untruthful and wrong, and he needs to go. I cannot believe he would have the nerve to remain employed.” — Joe

“Yes, he should resign. Although I have been a supporter of Rumsfeld for several years, I think it's time we took a fresh look at our military presence in Iraq. More importantly, we need to deal with the terrorists, which I think will be a problem for years to come.” — Steve

“Rumsfeld has done a pretty good job. We have too many generals whose egos are always bruised when they don't get their way. There is an old, old joke: Make Lieutenant Colonel, they take away your mouth. Make Colonel, they take away your brain. Make General, they give you back your mouth.” — Pat (New York)

“For the good of the country, Donald Rumsfeld must resign. As a public relations professional, I know that 'perception’ means everything. Rumsfeld's resignation could be a first step toward renewing confidence in our rapidly derailing government.” — Kathleen (Jamestown, NY)

“Of course Secretary Rumsfeld should not resign. Being in Special Operations for over 20 years, I witnessed too many conventional and Cold War commanders and generals who never seem to get it. He called back General Pete Schoomaker from retirement as Army Chief of Staff. This is exactly the caliber of people we need to prosecute our nation's global war on terror — by entrusting those with a more unconventional mindset.” — Jeff (Montana)

“There is no one I have more confidence in than President Bush when it comes to preserving our freedom and the values that have made this nation great. I have a high regard for Secretary Rumsfeld, but my confidence is placed in President Bush’s choice, whoever that might be, to maintain our freedom during such perilous times.” — Charles

“I think that it's a hell of a time to spread hate and discontent within the military. I think that Rumsfeld has done a good job, but could things have been done different? Yes. This war is being fought in the media by politicians who know nothing about it and by others who will do anything to undermine Bush for political gain, even at the expense of our troops. It reminds me of the time I was in Vietnam. If we, as a country, showed a united front, this mess would be over by now. The North Vietnamese leaders were barely hanging on militarily, but they knew that they were winning in the streets of America.” — Dennis (Patten, MA)

“Rumsfeld should step down. He definitely has made significant missteps in the aftermath of the fall of Iraq. Worse yet is that he has not learned from his mistakes. Thank him for his service and send him on his way.” — Robert (New Brighton, MN)

“Donald Rumsfeld has been nothing less than an asset to ensuring the safety and peace over this country during this war. If he were to resign it would embolden our enemy that much more. Unfortunately, the mainstream press and the liberals cause enough division in this country to keep our enemies dream alive.” — R. Morales

“The president said he would listen to the generals regarding troops in Iraq. Had he and Rumsfeld listened to them during the invasion, maybe we wouldn't be in the mess we are in now. Yes, he needs to resign.” — Mary

“Big mistake to even consider resignation. Rumsfeld is trying to modernize our military and those calling for his resignation are what I would consider ‘old school.’ Keep Rumsfeld, support Bush, and defeat terrorism!” — NA

“No! No! No! Rumsfeld is doing a terrific job. Tell the retired generals to shut up. We are at war. These ex-generals — no longer generals — are only aiding the enemy!” — Kris

“He should resign. It is a disgrace how he has conducted the war and how he has ruined our military.” — Linda

“An emphatic NO! Rumsfeld needs to remain our defense secretary.” — Loy (Columbia, MO)

“No way. There are lots of generals and lots of reporters who are canvassing generals for negative comments in the hope that the reporters can generate a story and get rid of Rumsfeld at the same time. Every general thinks he knows how to run a war, far better than any secretary of defense; too many of them cannot do their own jobs very well. The administration's biggest problem is the lack of effective spokespeople for its policies and accomplishments. Secretary Snow is an example. Rumsfeld is the only one who can stand up to the reporters and left-wing critics. He is far more articulate than Bush, Condi Rice or Cheney.” — William (Wellesley, MA)

“I think it is time for him to resign. Changes need to be made, and it should start with him.” — Anna (Lawrenceville, GA)

“No, definitely not. He is making all the tough and necessary changes in our military that are required to take the U.S. into the 21st century. Some don't like changes, but that is true in any institution.” — Dave (Bailey, CO)

“Rummy fought the war on the cheap. That’s why he should be replaced. We should have gone in with 250,000 to 300,000 troops. That’s why we now have problems there. Rumsfeld is not a war statistician. He should stick to what he knows best, and that is nothing.” — Nicholas (New York, NY)

“There is no way that Rumsfeld should step down. He is right on target. It's amazing how the ‘ex-generals’ can manage from their comfortable positions at home. Also, these ‘ex-generals’ have never been involved like the way of today. One cannot compare this war to any other war fought in the past.” — Dorothy

“I think it’s time for him to step aside. Too many Americans are losing their lives. Let's get some new thinking on how we can win the war and get the troops out.” — E.J.

“I think that it is President Bush and Donald Rumsfeld's decision. Until I get to sit in on all the top secret meetings that those two sit in on, I think that I will withhold judgment, because I cannot possible know all the facts.” — Laura (Colorado)

“Kudos to Laura from Colorado. She displays sound judgment. I can only assume that she reflects the same rational restraint in how she lives her life. In contrast, I would ask E.J. for some ideas to accompany her remarks. She sounds like a typical member of the ‘entitlement’ crowd — feeling no need to justify or logically rationalize her stance or requests, rather merely spouting what she wants without regard for the reality of what it will take to achieve said request. It is war, E.J. Having troops ‘in’ is, the last time I checked, what is needed to win. Furthermore, six generals. How many generals, active and retired, are there? I would bet that six is a miniscule percentage. Given how politicians adore poll numbers, I would say that Rummy is doing a fine job indeed.” — Yancy (Dayton, OH)

“Generals know more about war than President Bush, and if they say Rumsfeld is not doing his job, then they should be listened to.” — Gere

“We need Rumsfeld more than he needs the job. Generals always want more boots on the ground. The problem is that they won’t say it while they are in active service. I am sure some of these former generals have political motivation. They are probably sought out on a daily basis by the DNC.” — Ken (Irving, TX)

“Donald Rumsfeld still needs to answer up for the torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. Only low-level people were punished, but the corruption goes all the way to the top, including Rumsfeld, and even higher up.” — Matt

“Rumsfeld should not resign just because a bunch of liberals in the news media have decided to try once again to weaken the president. Rummy is the secretary. He has a spine of steel like the president and doesn't really care what they think.” — Ken

“This is really, really getting tiring. I love Rumsfeld and I know millions more do. This is just another attempt to dump conservatives out of the government, but it isn't working. Who cares if higher ups are saying this? What's motivating them to do so? Blackmail? I don't trust the left and I never will. They have given themselves over to do evil.” — Judith

“Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's attitude mirrors very much that of President Bush. Both can’t even imagine that they ever made a mistake. Both are legends in their own mind. Should he retire? You bet! It‘s high time to put someone in the Defense Secretary position who sees the world as it really is.” — Rudy

“Oh no! Rumsfeld is a class act, so it is not surprising to me that he draws a great deal of fire. I have never once seen, or heard, of Rumsfeld blaming any of his generals for anything. It also does not surprise me that some retired generals would call for his ouster. Their life is over now, and all they can do is stir up controversy in order to make themselves feel important again. Why these individuals can't take a hint from the likes of Tommy Franks, Norman Schwartzkopf, or even Colin Powell alludes me.” — Christopher

“I think Rumsfeld is fantastic! A great leader and brilliant mind. He probably isn't loved by the Pentagon establishment because they hate change and anyone who messes with their stodgy way of doing things. Basically, they are threatened by him because he challenges their presupposition. I would be thrilled to work for Rummy. He is about doing something rather than being something. Just like Dick Cheney, I can't get enough of this guy. Smart is still sexy to many of us females.” — Nancy

“To me he hasn't done such a great job or such a terrible one. But it would be totally foolish for me to think I know more than all these generals who are calling for his resignation. I do agree with the latest general who said that Rumsfeld has often been intimidating and condescending, which in itself isn't so bad, but his actions do effect how are troops are treated.” — Mike (Tucson, AZ)

“Are these generals looking for book deals, or are the attempting to become talking heads for a network news organization? Rumsfeld is candid, tough-minded, and probably doesn't suffer fools lightly. I have a son in the military, and would trust Rumsfeld's judgment before I would any of these retired generals.” — Eric (Orlando, FL)

“Yes, of course, he should step down. But he won’t, and he will show his true colors as an arrogant conservative. He should also take Rice with him, as well as President Bush. Then again, that is why I am happy to be a Canadian.” — Chuck

“No! I don't think he should resign. History will show the importance of having someone like him in this position. The only thing driving this is liberal politics, and they put the safety of our lives and our children at risk for this purpose only.” — Carl

“I think he should have been gone a long, long time ago, or maybe never in this position to begin with! His nomination was the epitome of cronyism, which we all know is at the bottom of all of this administration’s woes.” — Gillian

“Secretary Rumsfeld has done an admirable job, not only of leading the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but also of transforming America’s military from yesterday’s Cold War defense against a Soviet enemy toward tomorrow’s force against terrorist and guerrilla enemies, who have less firepower but are more stealthy and hard to find. This can sometimes lead to sour grapes from those who preferred the old way of doing things. With the war in Iraq in a critical phase, and repeated threats from Iran, now is no time to leave the Defense Department without a leader, and let Senate Democrats filibuster his replacement. Secretary Rumsfeld should keep his job until January 2009.” — Steven (West Hartford, CT)

“How stupid to even think of getting rid of one of the finest Secretaries of Defense in history. The fact that a few general's egos have been bruised is a testament to his effectiveness.” — Eugene (Major, USAF Ret.)

“He should resign now. He's arrogant, self-centered and listens to no one about anything. Bush has always said that he listens to his generals, but is he listening now?” — Stephen

“No, he should not resign unless the president asks him to. This is nonsense perpetrated by the left!” — Robert (Redding, CA)

“I think we as a nation expect perfection in all things. I think Rumsfeld is intelligent and honorable. I think he is doing a fine job in a chaotic war (we knew it would be), as is our president.” — John

“Yes he should resign. So should President Bush and VP Cheney.” — Philip

“I would like to know what these generals' positions were on Iraq and the global war prior to their retirement. In midstream of a campaign, where troops are in harm’s way, we should not change horses. Also, it only plays into our enemy’s hands when we show dissent.” — John (Okarche, OK)