Rumsfeld in Iraq
The Secretary of Defense visits the site of a massacre caused by his incompetence and the troops are supposed to feel that he cares for their welfare.
In case he doesn't know it, all of the troops feel he should remain while they go home for Christmas. This blatant feel good photo opportunity
isn't fooling anyone. Rumsfeld is under a lot of pressure, even from Republicans, to resign.
Let's be clear: it was Department of Defense failed policies that lead to American bases being open to infiltration. The lack of military support personnel and the need to house the newly trained Iraqi forces within American perimeters is a result of Rumsfeld's decisions, as well as the failures of the Medal of Freedom Troika
: Bremer, Franks, and Tenet.
After the loss of a similar number of personnel in Somalia [October, 1993]
, Secretary of Defense, Les Aspin, resigned. He hadn't been on the job long [9 months]
, his President didn't send the troops to Somalia [GHW Bush did]
, and he hadn't planned the operation [it was a UN operation]
, but he felt he was responsible and resigned.