Nearly a dozen Republicans who serve in Congress now or hope to after Nov. 7 have said that Donald Rumsfeld should resign as the secretary of defense. The House leadership? Not so much.
Appearing on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, House Majority Leader John Boehner called Rumsfeld "the best thing that's happened to the Pentagon in 25 years." Boehner said that the Pentagon and the military need a "transformation," and that Rumsfeld is "the only man in America who knows where the bodies are buried at the Pentagon, has enough experience to help transform that institution."
We may not know where the bodies are buried at the Pentagon, but we do know this: One hundred U.S. soldiers have died so far this month in Iraq, taking the U.S. death toll for the war to 2,813.
Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.