View Full Version : Rumsfeld Says He Will Sign !!!!!

12-18-2004, 10:42 PM
After Outcry, Rumsfeld Says He Will Sign Condolence Letters

By Dana Milbank

Sunday, December 19, 2004; Page A05

The Pentagon has acknowledged that Donald H. Rumsfeld did not sign condolence letters to the families of soldiers killed in Iraq, but it said that from now on the embattled defense secretary would stop the use of signing machines and would pick up the pen himself.

In a statement provided to Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper, Rumsfeld said: "I wrote and approved the now more than 1,000 letters sent to family members and next of kin of each of the servicemen and women killed in military action. <font color="blue"> Is Rumy trying to say he wrote a 1000 letters and then just didnt sign them? Or did he just write one? And why would he approve his own letters? </font color> While I have not individually signed each one, in the interest of ensuring expeditious contact with grieving family members, <font color="blue"> LIAR ! </font color> I have directed that in the future I sign each letter." <font color="blue"> HaHa. So he is now directing himself to sign the letters that he personally writes and approves!??????????? </font color>

The controversy arose when soldier-turned-writer David H. Hackworth penned a column on Nov. 22 reporting that two Pentagon-based colonels told him that Rumsfeld "has relinquished this sacred duty to a signature device rather than signing the sad documents himself." After checking with various families of the dead, Hackworth wrote that "one father bitterly commented that he thought it was a shame that the SecDef could keep his squash schedule but not find the time to sign his dead son's letter."

Hackworth wrote that a Pentagon spokesman, Jim Turner, dutifully told him that "Rumsfeld signs the letters himself." Now, that assertion turns out to be inoperative. <font color="blue"> Ahem. Inoperative???????? WTF does that mean. That its a lie?????? </font color>

This is an unwelcome discovery for Rumsfeld, whose handling of the Iraq war has earned him complaints in recent days from several Republican senators. In particular, Rumsfeld drew criticism for his dismissive treatment of a question from an Iraq-bound soldier about the lack of protective equipment.

Stars and Stripes quoted families of the dead saying they were insulted that Rumsfeld did not sign the letters himself. They also said they were suspicious about the signature on similar letters they received from President Bush, but a White House spokesman said Bush does put pen to paper himself. <font color="blue"> How long before this is 'inoperative as well? </font color>

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This just shows his total lack of understanding.

What if it turns out that Bush didnt sign his letters either? If you are a Bush fan, would that change your opinion of him?

Gayle in MD
12-21-2004, 01:14 PM
Thanks for the Post Q,
This is an absolute disgrace. I think it is a strike of fate that this would come out this week.

Like Bush, his fans are unable to change their opinions. They've all made so many flip flop references to the act of deciding under the conditions prevailing they wouldn't dare change their minds about anything.
Gayle in Md