B U L L E T I N
AIR FORCE SECRETARY
MilitaryCorruption.com, who called on the troubled boss to “get out” last year, was swamped with congratulatory e-mails as soon as the announcement moved over the Associated Press wire. More than a hundred messages were logged in the hour before we went to press with this BULLETIN.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is seen as the big loser in Roche’s departure. The arrogant, egotistical “Rummie” tried to install his pal as Army Secretary after sacking Thomas White in 2003. But Roche had to withdraw his name from consideration after a firestorm of protest erupted in Congress.
Now Pentagon sources tell us Rumsfeld will follow Roche into retirement in a matter of months. “He’s on borrowed time, as is,” said a well-placed colonel, who’s no admirer of the acerbic defense chief.
The Boeing “tanker scandal,” an uncomplimentary article on page one of Air Force TIMES, and the opposition of powerful Sen. John McCain of Arizona combined to force Roche out the door.
Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman tried to put a “good face” on the mess by declaring Roche had not been “pushed” but had resigned “of his own volition.”
Right! Just like “pigs can fly.”
Roche was an embarrassment and a failure as Air Force secretary. With him gone, morale has no place to go but up!