Mr. Rumsfeld still enjoys support in many Republican circles. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a Republican member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his resignation would be a mistake.
"If this were to happen," Mr. Cornyn said, "it would encourage demands for other members of the cabinet or other people close to the president to resign." Echoing administration officials, he said some good news out of Iraq could go a long way toward quieting critics.
Richard Myers, who retired as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff last autumn, defended Mr Rumsfeld on Sunday, saying it was “inappropriate for the military to sit in judgment of their civilian bosses”. “What I am hearing now I never heard when I was chairman of the joint chiefs of staff.”
While he had great respect for the colleagues who had criticised Mr Rumsfeld, such criticism was “bad for civil military relations”, the former general said...
In his own defence, Mr Rumsfeld on Friday told al- Arabiya television: “Out of thousands and thousands of admirals and generals, if every time two or three people disagreed, we changed the secretary of defense of the United States, it would be like a merry-go-round.”
Senator Mitch McConnel gets the award for Most Lipstick on a Pig:
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican, said that the war in Iraq has been an "extremely successful undertaking" and that hopefully, the elected government in Iraq would choose a leadership, allowing troops to be drawn down.
"With regard to Rumsfeld, I think he's been a spectacular secretary of defense, one of the best in American history," Mr. McConnell said on "Fox News Sunday."
"And I certainly do not think he ought to resign."
General Myers saying,"when you judge the secretary of defense, you're judging the Commander in Chief.