It's at the point where stuff like this doesn't even faze me any more. Apparently, the reason why U.S. Sec Def Donald Rumsfeld is still Sec Def is that he's done such a stunningly incompetent job that to have let him go before now would have been to admit having made a (gasp!) mistake.
"... the president as we all know, is a very loyal guy. With rare exceptions, he doesn’t like to get rid of people when they’re under duress. And I think had Rumsfeld not been under such criticism a year or so ago, if the Abu Ghraib prison scandal had not broken, I think Rumsfeld would have been gone long ago. But I think now it appears that he’s on the glide path waiting for a graceful retirement after the first of the year..."
"... What is happening here is they’re hoping for an improvement, an uptick, in Iraq. That’s the sort of thing that could allow Rumsfeld to get out gracefully."
In short, pray desperately for a quick shot of good news, at which point la Donald can ride off into the sunset to the huzzahs and accolades of the 101st Fighting Keyboarders. And pay no attention to all those dead soldiers behind the curtain.
AFTERSNARK: There's a certain irony to the above, given that this was supposed to be the "MBA administration," which would run the White House like a well-oiled company. One has to wonder just what MBA program would recommend keeping on someone this abysmally incompetent until you can let them leave under their own steam gracefully.
Certainly doesn't sound like any MBA program I've ever heard of.