This is truly pathetic groveling. Everyone who’s been paying any attention knows Rumsfeld had no interest in intelligence reform. He’s apparently had an overnight conversion or Bush reamed his ass and told him he’d be street sweeper if he didn’t get with the program. (USA Today):
“I’m a part of this administration. I support the president’s position,” he told reporters at the Pentagon.
Some Republicans and Democrats in Congress have suggested Rumsfeld had a role in stopping the legislation, which is intended to create a national intelligence director position, because the Defense Department would lose authority over several intelligence agencies that are currently part of the military.
Military officials also have said that losing those agencies to civilian control would threaten the flow of information to soldiers in the field.
Before President Bush announced his support for the creation of a national intelligence chief, Rumsfeld had expressed some reservations about proposed changes to the intelligence system, many of which were outlined in the report of the commission looking into the Sept. 11 attacks.
But on Tuesday, he said, “I favor reform in the intelligence community as the president does, and I have a feeling that they (in Congress) are close.”