Lott, speaking to the civic club Wednesday, said the United States needs more troops to help with the war and a plan to leave Iraq once elections take place in late January. The Mississippi Republican doesn't think Rumsfeld is the person to carry out that plan.The President needs to settle this down, or he's going to start losing that hard won "political capital." He should either get rid and Rumsfeld, or drag these Republicans into the White House and tell them nicely to keep there opinions about this to themselves.
"I would like to see a change in that slot in the next year or so," Lott said. "I'm not calling for his resignation, but I think we do need a change at some point."
I'd much prefer the latter. Why? There are two reasons. First, you don't change horses in the middle of the race. If Rumsfeld goes, the terrorists will claim it is because of them. Second, he has done a fine job. We can all sit here and Monday-morning-quarter every decision that is made, or we can move forward focus on what's next.