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Chris Wallace points loaded question at Jon Corzine,

Reported by Chrish - December 14, 2004 -

shoots self in foot.
In what on the surface appeared to be a fair discussion between Chris Wallace, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) on Fox News Sunday 12/12, Chris Wallace said to Sen. Corzine "your reaction to all of this news that came out (about the unarmored HumVees) in the conversation, the question from the National Guardsman to Sec'y Rumsfeld, was to call on the secretary to resign. Isn't it a leap of logic to hold the Secretary of Defense responsible for armoring HumVees?"

Corzine answered that the problem was not merely the issue of unarmored vehicles, but a much larger one of miscalculation and interpretation of intelligence before the war, the failure to secure the weapons sites after the invasion, and problems with the prisons we are running. He points out that no-one has been held accountable for all the series of mistakes and miscalculations.

Wallace then turned to Graham and asked him if, in light of the miscalculations and poor planning and given Senator John McCain's vote of no confidence in Rumsfeld last week, could he give the secretary a vote of confidence? Graham replied Yes, because he (Rumsfeld) stood in front of the troops and asked them what was on their minds. (Talk about your leap of logic!) He said The leadership that he's provided was firm when we needed to be firm....war is a messy thing...insurgents are ruthless people...Saddam was found in a spider hole... a litany of meaningless platitudes to defend a man who had no idea what he was doing because he's never done it himself.

Comment: Jon Corzine did a good job of laying out why it is reasonable to expect Rumsfeld to resign. This administration talks about values and taking responsibility but has yet to set the example.