[eDebate] Cheney reirement? Would it be benificial?
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Sun Apr 23 16:03:19 CDT 2006
Newspaper Calls for Cheney to Retire
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles Times editorial on Sunday called for a
"far more audacious" makeover of President George W. Bush's administration,
saying he should send Vice President Dick Cheney into early retirement.
Earlier this week, Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan resigned and Karl
Rove gave up his policy role as part of a White House sweep aimed at reviving
Bush's sagging job-approval ratings ahead of November's pivotal mid-term
"The remaking of the president in the public eye likely will require more
than last week's game of musical chairs," the editorial said.
"Bush has acknowledged that he has spent much of his political capital on
Iraq, and the way to replenish the reserves is to replace the officials most
associated with the overreaching that led to the tragedy in Iraq -- and with
the administration's broader disdain for diplomacy."
The paper noted broad speculation that Treasury Secretary John Snow will
likely be ushered out next, but said a better solution would include the
resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld -- whose critics, including retired
generals, have demand that he step aside -- and Cheney's ouster.
"Throwing Cheney overboard would be an implicit repudiation of the
excessively hawkish foreign policy with which the vice president, even more than
Rumsfeld, has been associated," the paper said.
Cheney told CBS television's "Face the Nation" on March 19 he had no
intention of resigning. "I didn't ask for this job. I didn't campaign for it. I got
drafted," Cheney said.
"I've now been elected to a second term," he told CBS. "I'll serve out my
Unlike most vice presidents, Cheney does not aspire to be president, the
editorial said, so he would not be giving up a political birthright by agreeing
to retire due to health reasons or concern over the publicity surrounding the
trial of his former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
"No longer proclaiming 'mission accomplished,' Bush has been pursuing a
sadder-but-wiser policy in Iraq that many Democrats also endorse," the paper
said. "Having changed his tune, the president should also think about changing
the company he keeps."
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