needs to step down.

"The BBC's Justin Webb in Washington says Mr Rumsfeld's abrasive style has won him many enemies on Capitol Hill," the BBC report adds helpfully.

Indeed so, and Mr. Rumsfeld's "abrasive style" has been one of the many things I'v admired about him, along with that "steely note of defiance" that Justin Webb observed. I judge a person by their enemies as well as their friends.

But I don't see how the Defense Department can retain its credibility as long as he remains Secretary of Defense. This is just too serious. Rumsfeld has done much to advance the war effort. He can now best help by doing the honorable thing and resigning.