Nobody wants to be in the White House, or even the Republican leadership, when George W. Bush admits the U.S. lost the war in Iraq.
They are old enough to remember the end of the Vietnam War, even though they avoided serving in it. Politicians remember when the Viet Cong invaded the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Everyone remembers those photos of the last helicopters leaving. Some people even remember when that C-5 transport full of little kids crashed.
They are resigning before the brand-new billion dollar U.S. embassy in Baghdad is overrun with jubilant Iraqis. Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, quit. Attorney General Gonzales quit this week. Karl Rove announced his last day is Friday, August 31st, 2007.
These and other resignations are a sign that something ominous is rapidly approaching. It must be something pretty bad to drive away such high-ranking members of the President's former inner circle.
Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the House, is even quitting.
These guys all know something that the general public is still not being told.
The situation can be compared to a company about to go out of business. Key executives like the Chief Financial Officer jump off the ship first. A few people in the accounting department and some people in sales leave next. A vice-president or director will suddenly announce a "desire to spend more time with their family." Low-level employees often do not find out until one day they cannot understand why the front doors are locked.
This is about more than the end of the Bush Administration. That event is still more than 19 months in the distance. No, there is something huge about to happen or something to be revealed this September.
Some big city editor must have at least one reporter working on a story the magnitude of Watergate. It could also be that Vice-President Cheney is about to hatch another crazy scheme. The hand writing is on the wall in some room in Washington, DC, and it is not a pretty message.
What ever the cause, people do not suddenly leave high-ranking positions for no reason whatsoever. Once again the people of the United States will be left with the bills to pay and the dead to mourn. The little people are always the last to find out.