from editor & publisher: In a move that no doubt sent a shiver through several candidates in his own party, President Bush, in a special interview with wire service reporters in the White House, today guaranteed a job for his Pentagon chief for two more years, adding that both Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Cheney “are doing fantastic jobs and I strongly support them.”
But it wasn’t only endangered Republicans who have been calling for Rumsfeld’s ouster who may have blanched. Andrew Sullivan, the conservative writer who was once a key media supporter for the Iraq war, denounced the latest Bush statement on CNN on Wednesday night, stating that the president is so delusional, “This is not an election anymore, it’s an intervention.”
Sullivan said the president was “so in denial,” comparing the Rumsfeld endorsement to applauding the job FEMA’s Michael Brown did on Katrina: “It’s unhinged. It suggests this man has lost his mind. No one objectively could look at the way this war has been conducted, whether you were for it, as I was, or against it, and say that it has been done well. It’s a disaster.
“For him to say it’s a fantastic job suggests the president has lost it, I’m sorry, there’s no other way to say it… These people must be held accountable.” He added that today, Richard Perle, a leading neocon and Iraq war backer, had today called the administration “dysfunctional.”
Rep. John Boehner, the second-ranking Republican in the House, said, also on CNN: “Let’s not blame what’s happening in Iraq on Rumsfeld. But the fact is, the generals on the ground are in charge, and he works closely with them and the president.”