The treatment of his war minister connotes something deeply wrong with George W. Bush's presidency in its sixth year. Apart from Rumsfeld's failures in personal relations, he never has been anything short of loyal in executing the president's wishes. But loyalty appears to be a one-way street for Bush. His shrouded decision to sack Rumsfeld after declaring that he would serve out the second term fits the pattern of a president who is secretive and impersonal.Some observers - namely, everyone not employed by the White House - noticed Bush's one-way loyalty a long, long time ago. Witness the treatment of men like George Tenet or Colin Powell. Loyal retainers to the end, both men were dumped rather unceremoniously - with the suspicion that in both cases, it had more to do with their (slightly) wavering support for the White House than with more obvious faults.
I guess it was okay when they shitcanned Powell, though, because he wanted the terrorists to win.