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Rumsfeld the lightning rod

Dear Editor:Re: Molly Ivins’ “War trouble not Rumsfeld’s fault” op-ed, Dec. 22.In the face of widespread calls for Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation, people seem to be generally nonplused at the president’s decision to keep him on as secretary of defense.But who in their right minds would wish to be relieved of their one last buffer against the growing disgust of the American public for this war of attrition? With his lightning rod at the Pentagon gone, all this animus would be focused on the White House itself. President Bush may at times be energized by a certain oppositional courage, but even he wouldn’t want to expose himself to the firsthand fury of a nation duped.Joel BrenceAspen