Rumsfeld Signature Rubber Stamped On Condolences




 
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Boots
 
December 20th, 2004  
chewie_nz
 

Topic: Rumsfeld Signature Rubber Stamped On Condolences


Rumsfeld Signature Rubber Stamped On Condolences
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WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) - A new wave of criticism is set to hit US Defense Secretary onald Rumsfeld after he admitted did not personally sign Pentagon condolence letters to families of soldiers killed in Iraq and that a signature stamping device had been used instead.

But he has vowed to do so in the future, according to a Washington Post report.

"I wrote and approved the now more than 1,000 letters sent to family members and next of kin of each of the servicemen and women killed in military action," Rumsfeld said in a statement to the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

"While I have not individually signed each one, in the interest of ensuring expeditious contact with grieving family members, I have directed that in the future I sign each letter," the defense chief said, according to the Post.

An outcry ensued after the Stars and Stripes reported in late November that the Pentagon was using a signature device to stamp Rumsfeld's signature on the letters, and quoted recipients who said they were insulted.

Several top Republicans, including senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, have recently criticized Rumsfeld, whom Bush has asked to stay on amid a cabinet re-shuffle in the wake of the November elections.

Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott said he hoped Rumsfeld would step down sometime next year, accusing him of not listening enough to his officers.

The defense chief has drawn fire since seeming to dismiss the concerns of a US soldier in Kuwait who asked about the lack of armor for US military vehicles in Iraq.
December 20th, 2004  
DTop
 
 
Is there a queestion you're trying to ask about this chewie?
December 20th, 2004  
03USMC
 
 
hmmmmm. Okay . So does anybody really believe that George Marshall, Alexander Vandegrift, or Admiral King really hand signed all those letters during WWII?
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Boots
December 20th, 2004  
Snauhi
 
dont bring up the other subject, think how the familys feel now.
December 20th, 2004  
liukainorth
 
Who cares, at least I'm not dead in Iraq yet.
December 20th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
If you find it is too difficult to behave in a mature manner on these forums, Snauhi and liukainorth, find another place to spend your time until you can.
December 20th, 2004  
chewie_nz
 
i gotta say that the whole "how would he have time" is the first thing i thought of when i read that. but, comparing it to WWII doesn't work. they got telegrams.

but with this war, it's supposed to be smaller. there are different expectations. and it's such a divisve (sp) war too.
December 20th, 2004  
Darcia
 
I kinda can't blame him. He is helping run the worlds most advanced military.
December 20th, 2004  
chewie_nz
 
gotta say...i blame him. it's the war that should've been.
December 21st, 2004  
Darcia
 
Well thier is always that POV