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More Turnover

Hardly a suprise...

WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Colin Powell and three other Cabinet members submitted their resignations, a senior administration official said Monday, as the shake-up of President Bush's second-term team escalated.

Besides Powell, who had argued Bush's case for ousting Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein before a skeptical U.N. Security Council in February 2003, others whose resignations were confirmed Monday included Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, Education Secretary Rod Paige and Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham.

The departures of Attorney General John Ashcroft and Commerce Secretary Donald Evans had been announced last week. The resignations announced Monday bring to six - out of 15 - the number of Cabinet members to decide so far to leave.

The real question is whether Powell makes a run for the nomination in 2008. My guess is that he won't run.

Update: Condoleezza Rice is the President's choice to replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State.


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Comments (11)

I believe Mrs. Powell is st... (Below threshold)
Adam Wood:

I believe Mrs. Powell is still forbidding him from running for president.

Why are these people moving... (Below threshold)
patrick:

Why are these people moving on? Is it to go work in the lucrative oil industry fueled by our new partner in Iraq? Is it to displace themselves from a foreign policy that is not doing well? The secretary of education wanting to avoid all the pending lawsuits against the government for failing to fund NO Child Left Behind, therefore disenfrachising poor schools from the benefits of NCLB? Are they leaving because they fear the ramifications of Bush's policy with Mexico and his "guest worker" program? I wonder!!

Why are you pretending to a... (Below threshold)
Patrick Chester:

Why are you pretending to ask questions when you appear to already have made up your mind?

I think Powell (at least) f... (Below threshold)
Henry:

I think Powell (at least) feels that he has failed because the "stockpiles of WMD's" that he mentioned have never been found. To be sure there HAVE been WMD's, but no stockpiles, and that was the main case that Colin Powell presented to the UN.

There is this thing that we're discussing in my engineering ethics class. It has to do with giving "false positives". That a giving a "falsepositive" harms a scientist's reputation a lot more than failing to give a true positive.

I was hoping to see Norm Mi... (Below threshold)
Beth:

I was hoping to see Norm Mineta leaving!

Oh and...shove it, patrick (not Patrick Chester).

Clinton replaced nearly all... (Below threshold)
Master of None:

Clinton replaced nearly all of his cabinet for the second term. If you're trying to look at this issue as a sign of impending doom, you're not going to have much luck.

Clinton's 2nd cabinet
Madeline Albright Sec of State (replaces Warren Christopher)
William Cohen Sec of Defense (replaces William Perry)
Sandy (in my pants) Berger NSA (replaces Anthony Lake)
William Daley Commerce Sec.

Commenting on the new Clinton cabinet in a syndicated column published December 18, David Broder stated, "There is almost no left left in his administration."

Beth (and Kevin)--... (Below threshold)

Beth (and Kevin)--

I think it is high time the blogsphere restarted the "Dump Mineta" movement. I have some links to old posts by Glenn and Peggy Noonan on the subject here.

If he ran, I think he would... (Below threshold)

If he ran, I think he would win in a landslide because he's got some support from the left.

I would've hoped Underperfo... (Below threshold)

I would've hoped Underperfomin' Norman's resignation would've been one of those Bush requested.

I wonder if it was, but Mineta's waiting to see if Dubya will actually fire him?

Powell is an honorable man,... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Powell is an honorable man, but he allowed the State Department to run itself.

I'd like to see Condi Rice become Secretary of State and Gen. Tommy Franks become the National Security Advisor. Franks could help Porter Goss continue cleaning house at CIA. Get rid of the Liberal, campus-eggheads who work there. For a supposedly secret agency, CIA has more leaks than a machinegunned bathtub.

Powell is an honorable man,... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Powell is an honorable man, but he allowed the State Department to run itself.

I'd like to see Condi Rice become Secretary of State and Gen. Tommy Franks become the National Security Advisor. Franks could help Porter Goss continue cleaning house at CIA. Get rid of the Liberal, campus-eggheads who work there. For a supposedly secret agency, CIA has more leaks than a machinegunned bathtub.




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