Farewell, Rummy BELTWAY
The American Spectator’s 2006 Robert L. Bartley dinner on Nov. 15 was “off-the-record,” but we can tell you that outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s keynote address made clear that the United States should not abandon Iraq anytime soon.
Subsequent remarks from Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, which were filled with praise for Mr. Rumsfeld and the U.S. military (several injured Iraq war veterans were in the packed audience at the Mandarin Oriental hotel), echoed the secretary’s sentiments.
Master of ceremonies Grover G. Norquist pointed out that Ronald Reagan’sultimatevictoryintheCold Warnevercameuntil1991—nearly three years after he left office. Patience, he said, being the key word.
One of our favorite lines of the evening was compliments of Michael Barone, senior writer for U.S. News & World Report, who was presented with the 2006 Barbara Olson Award. Without naming names, he touched on the probability of one potential 2008 presidential candidate “throwing her broom into the ring.”