What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–62), U.S. philosopher
There are expected and unexpected departures from President George W. Bush’s cabinet as he begins his second term. It was anticipated that Secretary of State Colin Powell was going to leave, but lately the thought was he might stay. The only problem The Misanthrope sees is that it is the wrong people who are leaving, with the exception of Attorney General John Ashcroft. In addition to Powell’s announcement, three other cabinet resignations came to light today, Ann M. Veneman, the secretary of agriculture; Rod Paige, the education secretary, and Spencer Abraham, the energy secretary.
The people who need to resign are Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, who were the architects behind the Abu Ghurayb prison scandal and deserve credit for the lack of an exit plan in Iraq. The most important resignation that we probably won’t see is that of Vice President Dick Cheney, the prince of darkness, who pressured everyone into using faulty information to attack Iraq.