Rinne Rumsfead obair mhaith. An ndearna sé jab foirfe? Ní dhearna - agus ní dhéanfaidh aon duine eile sin, ach oiread. An bhfuil sé ciontach as coireanna? Níl, ná baol air. Tá an feachtas míleata i gcoinne na sceimhlitheoirí seo an-chonspóideach, agus is mó aineolas atá ann. Má fhéachtar ar na rudaí a dúirt agus a rinne Rumsfeld, feictear fear tuisceanach ag déanamh jab an-deacair. Feictear tírghráthóir a rinne seirbhís dílis dá thír, agus a rinne i bhfad níos mó ná sin. Is iomaí rud tábhachtach a rinne sé sa seirbhís poiblí, agus freisin san earnáil gnó.
D'fhág sé slán ag an arm inné. Go raibh maith agat, a Dhónail Chóir. Ná héist leis na hamadáin. Táimid bródúil asat. Agus aontaímid leat nuair a deir tú
“Every day, in one way or another, I have seen the strength of the men and women in uniform and the dedication of the many thousands who serve here -- military and civilian -- who do their jobs, knowing that theirs is the essential business of protecting a nation (and) a people,” he said. “You do so knowing that you contribute directly to the safety of millions of people: people you will never meet, whose names you will never know.
“I leave this office proud to have served with you,” he said, “(and) proud of what this great institution has achieved,” during what he called one of the most challenging periods in DoD’s 59-year history.
Maith thú. Guímis gach rath ar do chomharba, agus beannacht Dé ar Stáit Aontaithe Mheiriceá.
Ba Rumsfeld an duine ba fhaide ann i measc airí rialtais G. W. Bush, agus duine de na rúnaí stáit ba fhaide sa phost.
The election has changed many things in Washington, but it has not changed my fundamental responsibility, and that is to protect the American people from attack. As the Commander-in-Chief, I take these responsibilities seriously. And so does the man who served this nation honorably for almost six years as our Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Now, after a series of thoughtful conversations, Secretary Rumsfeld and I agreed that the timing is right for new leadership at the Pentagon. Our military has experienced an enormous amount of change and reform during the last five years while fighting the war on terror, one of the most consequential wars in our nation's history. Don Rumsfeld has been a superb leader during a time of change. Yet he also appreciates the value of bringing in a fresh perspective during a critical period in this war. Don Rumsfeld is a patriot who served our country with honor and distinction. He's a trusted advisor and a friend, and I'm deeply grateful to his service to our country. - George W. Bush