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Thursday, November 01, 2007

Rummy rants

Now I understand. You can't fight a war with a blizzard of words.

The Washington Post has a fascinating story today on Donald Rumsfeld and his "snowflake" memos, internal documents exhorting his staff to come up with "bumper sticker" slogans to defend his failed military campaign while searching for the SWAT team to take down his critic's arguments.

Rummy's last defenders still try to ply their trade:
"You are running a story based off of selective quotations and gross mischaracterizations from a handful of memos -- carefully picked from the some 20,000 written while Rumsfeld served as Secretary," Rumsfeld aide Keith Urbahn wrote in an e-mail. "After almost all meetings, he dictated his recollections of what was said for his own records."
How sad and pathetic.

Rummy's snowflakes obviously didn't fall on the fact he didn't plan for "victory" allowing the sacking of Baghdad and some of its ancient treasures under the shrug of "stuff happens;" how he told soldiers "you go with the army you have" when someone had the audacity to say they didn't have the armor necessary to fight; or certainly not his culpability in Abu Ghraib and the blot it will leave forever on America's reputation.

There's a Nixonian quality to these snowflakes -- find out when I said this and in what context so I can try to verbal bludgeon my opponent. The arrogance that comes from knowing it all (and nothing) at the same time. Of having a stereotyped understanding of our "enemy" as lazy, over privileged and easy to recruit to radicalism.

Sound like someone who currently occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?

W and Darth often say history will judge them in the proper context. Of that I have no doubt. To date, there have already been an impressive number of books documenting the arrogance and failure of power.

Historians have now been handed fresh source material.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favorite part of the article:

“If radicals ‘get a hold of’ oil-rich Saudi Arabia, he added, the United States will have ‘an enormous national security problem.’ ”

Talk about a day late and a dollar short! They’ve already got a hold of Saudi Arabia:


And yes, 9/11 sure as hell was “an enormous national security problem.”

November 01, 2007 12:37 PM  

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