RUMSFELD CHANNELS O’REILLY….Donald Rumsfeld wants his critics to shut their pieholes:

With costs and casualties rising in the war on terrorism, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld struck back today at the administration’s widening circle of critics, saying they were complicating an already difficult task.

Mr. Rumsfeld did not mention any of the domestic critics by name. But he suggested that those who have been critical of the administration’s handling of the war in Iraq and its aftermath might be encouraging American foes to believe that the United States might one day walk away from the effort, as it has in past conflicts.

“We know for a fact that terrorists studied Somalia, and they studied instances that the United States was dealt a blow and tucked in, and persuaded themselves that they could in fact cause us to acquiesce in whatever it is they wanted to do,” Mr. Rumsfeld said.

It’s probably just as well that he didn’t name any names. After all, have any Democratic candidates to the right of Dennis Kucinich called for us to get out? Senators? Congressmen?

There are certainly a small number of people who think we should pull out ? even the vote to enter World War II wasn’t unanimous, after all ? but the vast majority of even liberals believe we have an obligation to stay in Iraq and rebuild the country. However, we also think that the rebuilding should be done right, not by a guy who rather obviously botched the planning, originally figured on reducing troop strength to 30,000 by September, and bulled his way up, around, and over every “critic,” including most of his own service chiefs, who suggested his approach might be a mite too casual.

Most of us don’t want to pull out, Don, we just want the job done right. You’ve got a second chance now. Don’t blow it.