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It was four years ago today, Field Marshal von Rumsfeld got his guns to play. A fitting way to "celebrate" the bombastic opening of the most astonishing blunder in recent military/geopolitical history would be to read Andrew Cockburn's book. The late US president Richard "Tricky Dick" Nixon, a ruthless judge of character himself, already in... Read More
"I Was Just About to Change Everything ... "
By now, everyone has heard about Rumsfeld's memo. It was leaked to the New York Times supposedly without Rumsfeld's knowledge. It makes the case that Rumsfeld was just about to make major changes in Iraq because he could see that the strategy was failing and had created a disaster. Everything about the memo reeks of... Read More
To US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Dear Rummy: In your speech to the American Legion in Salt Lake City last week, you compared critics of your wars abroad to appeasers of Nazi Germany in the 1930's. President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney repeated this same bizarre theme to the convention. Allow me to... Read More
“As you know, you go to war with the army you have. They’re not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Name one part of the occupation of Iraq that has succeeded? From the shortage of soldiers, to de-Ba’athification, to the disbanding the Iraqi military,... Read More
Nothing Rumsfeld Says Can be Trusted
Rumsfeld is a pathological liar. Nothing he says can be trusted. In 6 years, he's never uttered a completely reliable statement, just convoluted pronouncements that have to be parsed by experts. That's why it was so satisfying to see him skewered by Ray McGovern's questions. McGovern had Rumsfeld backpedaling like he'd just been harpooned. Honesty... Read More
How Rumsfeld Smashed the National Guard
The changes that are taking place in the military under the deceptive name of "transformation" have nothing to do with national defense. Rather, the military is being converted into a taxpayer-subsidized security apparatus for multinational corporations. Its primary task is to seize dwindling resources through force of arms and crush indigenous movements that resist US... Read More
Those "Meetings" with Insurgents
There were reports last Friday that representatives of the US Occupation Forces in Iraq were engaged in secret talks with leaders of the Iraqi resistance. For a brief two day period, there was reason to hope that there might be a genuine opportunity to begin negotiations for a political settlement to the 27 month conflict.... Read More
American Journal Bush: Still Popular a Year Later? Don't Believe It
They still refer to George Bush's popularity. I don't think so. The dwindling number of folk who tell the pollsters they think he's doing a good job are probably worried they'll get investigated by Ashcroft if they don't. Imagine you're back in the Soviet Union in 1941, right after Hitler's attack. "Good morning, Tovaritsch. It's... Read More