The time has come to knock Donald Rumsfeld from the top of the all-male nude pyramid once and for all.
"Beginning more than two years ago, Mr. Rumsfeld decided to overturn decades of previous practice by the U.S. military in its handling of detainees in foreign countries. His Pentagon ruled that the United States would no longer be bound by the Geneva Conventions; that Army regulations on the interrogation of prisoners would not be observed; and that many detainees would be held incommunicado and without any independent mechanism of review... Mr. Rumsfeld's decisions helped create a lawless regime in which prisoners in both Iraq and Afghanistan have been humiliated, beaten, tortured and murdered -- and in which, until recently, no one has been held accountable."
- The Washington Post
"It is time now for Mr. Rumsfeld to go, and not only because he bears personal responsibility for the scandal of Abu Ghraib. That would certainly have been enough. The United States has been humiliated to a point where government officials could not release this year's international human rights report this week for fear of being scoffed at by the rest of the world."
- The New York Times, May 7, 2004, New York, New York
"Rumsfeld Must Go."
- Boston Globe, May 7, 2004, Boston, Massachusetts
"It is time for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to prepare the final document of a long and sometimes illustrious public career: his letter of resignation."
- The Plain Dealer, May 7, 2004, Cleveland, Ohio
"The reality is that, if Bush is going to clean house, it makes no sense to stop with Rumsfeld. Considering how the Bush administration has made a mess of the situation in Iraq - from the wrong intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to the incredible lack of planning for the post-war situation to the entirely unnecessary alienation of allies - the whole national security team should be fired."
- Newsday, May 7, 2004, New York, New York
"Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, should resign immediately. If they do not, they should be fired."
- Star Tribune, May 7, 2004, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"This is not the first time we've called for the removal of Donald Rumsfeld as defense secretary. Only Rumsfeld or the president can assure that it's the last."
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 6, 2004, Seattle, Washington
"Donald Rumsfeld has to go. The secretary of Defense should tender his resignation to President George W. Bush, and if he doesn't, the president ought to fire him."
- Detroit Free Press, May 7, 2004, Detroit, Michigan
"Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should resign and take his top deputies with him. That includes Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Undersecretary Douglas Feith."
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 6, 2004, St. Louis, Missouri