Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Rummy Emerges

The Moose believes that the our brave soldiers deserve better than Rummy.

A newly emboldened Secretary of Defense has emerged from his P.R. bunker to provide and interview to the New York Times in an ironically titled article Rumsfeld Seeks Leaner Army, and a Full Term

Clearly his old bravado is back,

" Ask Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to define his legacy, and he cuts the question short: "Don't. Hold off on it. There will be plenty of time."

"With a full list of policy initiatives ahead and travel plans penciled in through the Beijing Olympics of 2008, Mr. Rumsfeld gives every indication of serving out the rest of the Bush administration, confounding those who predicted his departure even after President Bush refused, twice, to accept his resignation over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

"I don't think of myself as a short-timer," said Mr. Rumsfeld, who turns 73 in July."

Well, it is very clear that Rumsfeld isn't giving himself enough credit. He has transformed the military more than anyone could have ever imagined. Clearly, the army is already leaner as it lacked sufficient armor. Recruitment is woefully down. The military is painfully over-stretched. He forced the Reserves and the Guard to assume the role of the regular military. And by failing to prepare for the aftermath of the war, he helped assure that the military is forced to be bogged down in a protracted counter-insurgency war.

But, not to worry, Rummy is playing for the history books,

"Anybody who knows anything about history knows that history gets written as a result of a whole series of things being said and aggregated over time, and people with perspective that don't have their nose pressed up against a deadline every five minutes," he said.

Meanwhile, our troops continue to fight with a bravery so far greater than the competence of their leadership. They deserve better than Rummy.
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