Friday, April 21, 2006

A man with a work ethic

The 'Rumsfeld problem' - circa 1971

An interesting piece which, again, points out Rummy's work ethic. Admirable. As is his opposition to the war in Vietnam (from the prespective of someone who had beliefs and stood up for them rather than supporting that war or not). And apparently last time he was Defense Secretary his accomplishments are similarily in procurement and hardware rather than in good solid strategic thinging. Having worked with the 3rd Armored Division I know first hand how impressive the M1 is.

But my gut feeling follows what General Newbold was "... the commitment of our forces to this fight was done with a casualness and swagger that are the special province of those who have never had to execute these missions — or bury the results." Bury the results. That's one of the things about Rummy that sticks my craw the most. If he had ever served I suspect that he would understand this bit and it would color his thinking and decision making enough that the current situation would be vastly different.

But the horse is long dead and fossilized (I've been beating it so long here) ... ;-P


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