U.S. Sen. Trent Lott doesn't believe Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld should resign immediately, but he does think Rumsfeld should be replaced sometime in the next year.Who is the next Republican to speak it? Mitch McConnell? Ernie Fletcher? Bill Frist, whom does not know if HIV can be transmitted by sweat or tears? (I'll get to that here in a second).
"I'm not a fan of Secretary Rumsfeld," Lott, R-Mississippi, told the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning. "I don't think he listens enough to his uniformed officers."
Rumsfeld has been criticized since a soldier asked him last week why the combat vehicles used in the war in Iraq don't have the proper armor. Both Rumsfeld and President Bush have said more vehicle armor will be shipped to Iraq.
Lott said the United States needs more troops to help with the war. The country also needs a plan to leave Iraq once elections are over at the end of January.
Lott doesn't think Rumsfeld is necessarily the person to carry out that plan.
"I would like to see a change in that slot in the next year or so," Lott said. "I'm not calling for his resignation, but I think we do need a change at some point."
The AP reports that Zell Miller is worse than we thought as
The American Conservative Union on Thursday announced it has tapped Sen. Zell Miller, D-Ga., to present the "Courage Under Fire" award to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth at the Conservative Political Action Conference's Feb. 16 banquet.In other news, JTA reports that "President Bush renewed his suspension of a law mandating that the U.S. Embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem." President Bush campaigned in 2000 saying he would move the embassy. LIAR!
Back to Bill Frist, the Washington Post reports of his visit to ABC's This Week:
The Waxman report said one abstinence-only curricula incorrectly says that people can contract HIV through exposure to sweat and tears.I want to get that transcript as George Stephanopoulous was grilling him according to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Asked if he thought that was true, Frist said it "would be very hard" to transmit HIV through sweat and tears.