I am not that familiar with US inner politics, as you are Americans. But i know that Rumfsfeld was one of the big "makers" of US foreign policy. He defended many times the US course in the region and especially Iraq-war. Now his department as defence minister was long overdue, as he and his plan failed when we see what is going on in Iraq. 150.000 Soldiers, as a dwarf-army was not enough and dissolveing Iraqi army and police was a big fault. Politicians who fail their policy have to be fired from their position. So it is in every country. Now it is the point where it happened in the USA. So the USA accepts there is a failure and now fires Rumsfeld. Is George Bush despite his "staying the course" quotes now accepting that what is going on in Iraq is a failure? And what do you think what will come next, how the USA will act in the Mid-East and what it will do in Iraq especially? Firing Rumfsfeld is a sign, that USA will not stay the course much long in Iraq anymore. Or do you interpret firing of Rumfsfeld in an other way, i am just asking. And which options has the USA to improve situation in Iraq. I know that this Forum is mostly Republican, so please answer not in past but in present (based on Rumfsfeld firing as defence minister and planner of Iraq-war).