Sunday, December 03, 2006

I Am Too Weary..... ask the question anymore. Has the White House become an absolute sieve? Is there anything there that's still secret? Are all the shredders at the Pentagon really just fax machines to the New York Times?

Two days before he resigned as defense secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld submitted a classified memo to the White House that acknowledged that the Bush administration’s strategy in Iraq was not working and called for a major course correction.

Is anyone, anywhere doing anything about this crap?

Told that The New York Times had obtained a copy of it, a Pentagon spokesman, Eric Ruff, confirmed its authenticity. “As it became clear that people were considering options for the way forward, the secretary had some views on the subject, and this memo reflects those views,” he said.

How about "Told that The New York Times had obtained a copy of it, several FBI agents took the NY Times representative into custody and are questioning him as to how he obtained a classified document."????????? How about that????????? Can we do that???????

The President clearly needs a Grand Vizier like Princess Crabby's. As a matter of fact, since I have the best one, I would loan him mine.


FbL said...

I really think this leak and the last one (re: Maliki) were intentional by the White House. There is so much back-room politicking going on around the Baker report and I think this is part of it.

RoseCovered Glasses said...

You make many good points in your article. I would like to supplement them with some information:

I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

If you are interested in a view of the inside of the Pentagon procurement process from Vietnam to Iraq please check the posting at my blog entitled, “Odyssey of Armements”

The Pentagon is a giant,incredibly complex establishment,budgeted in excess of $500B per year. The Rumsfelds, the Adminisitrations and the Congressmen come and go but the real machinery of policy and procurement keeps grinding away, presenting the politicos who arrive with detail and alternatives slanted to perpetuate itself.

How can any newcomer, be he a President, a Congressman or even the Sec. Def. to be - Mr. Gates- understand such complexity, particulary if heretofore he has not had the clearance to get the full details?

Answer- he can’t. Therefor he accepts the alternatives provided by the career establishment that never goes away and he hopes he makes the right choices. Or he is influenced by a lobbyist or two representing companies in his district or special interest groups.

From a practical standpoint, policy and war decisions are made far below the levels of the talking heads who take the heat or the credit for the results.

This situation is unfortunate but it is ablsolute fact. Take it from one who has been to war and worked in the establishment.

This giant policy making and war machine will eventually come apart and have to be put back together to operate smaller, leaner and on less fuel. But that won’t happen unitil it hits a brick wall at high speed.

We will then have to run a Volkswagon instead of a Caddy and get along somehow. We better start practicing now and get off our high horse. Our golden aura in the world is beginning to dull from arrogance.

BostonMaggie said...

FbL - Maybe, I guess....still I am weary.

Trias said...

Bit of a spammer isn't he?

I agree with Fuzzy. Besides bashing the reporters for the leak doesn't work for me. They need to fix them on the inside.

FbL said...

Here's some more alon the lines of what Trias and I have been thinking:

Georgiaman said...

the morass of pentagon excesses speaks to the upper tier of 'things that need to be fixed.' my experience is more basic - i am a civilian living near a military base in Georgia. the pace, pain, and anguish we are placing upon our soldiers and their families, young and old alike, is incredible. divorce, suicide, homicide, child abuse, and addictions don't make the evening news, but the trauma is real; especially when it is next door and throughout your neighborhood.
i am a republican through and through, yet must the price we are paying in lives, money, morale, and agenda (the entire republican agenda has perhaps been sacrified)worth it?
i think one much smarter than i states often, "it is never about what you do; but rather why you do it." when the motive is wrong, the outcome will indicate it! history will judge. it is my hope that the negative history this war has already evoked be more individualistic than corporate (the party). there is still time for the party to stand up, admit mistakes and move on!!!