The Moose suggests that Donald Rumsfeld and Dan Rather might have been meant for each other.
No, the Moose is not advising an amorous relationship between these two controversial figures. Yesterday, the Moose observed that Donald Rumsfeld is Dan Rather without the accountability. Rather is leaving in the wake of his mistake. In contrast, President Bush may soon reward Rummy with the Medal of Freedom. There is a precedent for that, you know.
However, Rumsfeld's errors may have far more ominous implications than Rather's. The Washington Post reports today in the piece Iraq New Terror Breeding Ground
"Iraq has replaced Afghanistan as the training ground for the next generation of "professionalized" terrorists, according to a report released yesterday by the National Intelligence Council, the CIA director's think tank.
"Iraq provides terrorists with "a training ground, a recruitment ground, the opportunity for enhancing technical skills," said David B. Low, the national intelligence officer for transnational threats. "There is even, under the best scenario, over time, the likelihood that some of the jihadists who are not killed there will, in a sense, go home, wherever home is, and will therefore disperse to various other countries."
While Rather's mistakes tarnished the credibility of CBS, Rummy's catastrophic flubs have created more evil doers. As Bob Dole once said, "Where's the outrage?"
But as the Moose alluded to earlier, perhaps there is a resolution to this mess that can provide both Rummy and Rather with a cozy exit. An alert Mooseketeer brought this interesting fact to the Moose's attention that was reported by CNN,
"You would think, especially after the capture of Saddam, that Rumsfeld could pack it in, go out on top and settle down in that ranch in Taos, N.M., that he co-owns with, among others, Dan Rather. Boyhood chum Ned Jannotta, who ran Rumsfeld's first campaign for Congress in 1962, notes that Rumsfeld has never cared about staying anywhere very long. "
In your minds eye, you can see Rummy and Rather sitting together on the ranch house's front porch watching the sun set as Dan ponders the identity of the author of the forged memos and Rummy wonders what ever happened to the missing WMD. And all the while the Moose serenades them with "Happy Trails to You."
Down right touching!