Thursday, November 09, 2006

American Defense Secretary Resigns (ala Cruz)

In a move that sent shockwaves throughout the world, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has resigned (read the full news article here). Rumsfeld's suprise move is uncannily reminscent of the sudden resignation from the Cabinet of Avelino "Nonong" Cruz, our own Defense Secretary, only a week ago. While some may say that the reasons and circumstances of Cruz's resignation is totally unrelated to Rumsfeld's, I say that both individuals resigned for largely the same reason: POLITICS. Someone must always absorb the blame for a defeat: Cruz for the PI defeat and Rumsfeld for their mid-term election debacle.

By now, everyone knows that the Democrats have won. For the first time in 12 years, the Democrats will control the House of Representatives and hold 28 out of the 50 State governorships. All eyes are now on two women leaders, both respected stalwarts in the Democratic Party: long-time House Minority Floor Leader Nancy Pelosi (who is favored to become the next Speaker) and New York Senator Hillary Clinton (who is being touted as a strong contender for President in 2008). Pundits predict that President Bush will become a lame duck president (read this October article by the Washington Post "Election may leave Bush an early lame duck").

I suspect that our government officials are now analyzing what the impact of the US elections will be on our relations with the Americans. I predict that Filipino columnists and opinion-makers are now crafting their analysis of the different repercussions of a Democratic Party victory on Filipinos. For my part, I welcome the win of the Democrats because it will hopefully mean that a "softer" US Immigration Reform Actwill be passed in Congress.


The Senator from Iloilo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, has been quoted as saying that she is willing to pose naked for the SC post. Now I think we really do need to impose psychiatric testing as a requirement for our SC nominees!


Arshad said...

"Pride is the common forerunner of a fall. It was the devil's sin, and the devil's ruin; and has been, ever since, the devil's stratagem, who, like as expert wrestler, usually gives a man a lift before he gives a throw! " (South)
Good riddance!

Anonymous said...

A country who test her SC justices for Psycological and Psychiatric fitness doesn't deserve a Supreme Court in the first place. What a bunch of childish assumption that sush tests will place the right person in the chair. Grown up Philippines!!