Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says he is doing a great job at the head of our military establishment.

Does that surprise you?

Do you agree?

Meanwhile, several retired generals have come forth with calls for Rumsfeld to resign or be fired.

He discounts this as “sour grapes” and claims that active military leaders support him.

But does he, or anyone, expect those working for him, and owing allegiance to the establishment, to sound off against the big boss?

Too many mistakes have been made in the conduct of our military adventures in the Middle East for us, or any nonpartisan thinker, to say Rumsfeld has done a great job, or even an adequate job.

Even Americans with no military experience or background whatsoever realize that our invasion of Iraq was poorly planned, understaffed and built on fantasies that Iraqis en masse would welcome us and rise up to help overthrow their bad government.

It is unlikely that Rumsfeld will resign, bearing in mind that he sees himself as a military genius. It is just as unlikely that Bush will fire him, especially since the president just stated that he has decided that “what’s best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense.”

Doesn’t Bush realize what many Americans know: That if the terrible goof-ups can’t be laid at Rumsfeld’s door, they must be laid at the door of the president?

— The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

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