Thursday, April 06, 2006
The editor of this publication felt that the Secretaries of Defense and State arguing about the successfulness of the war might be disturbing. To lighten the mood, we have included a picture of Vanilla Ice and a wallaroo.
(SNN Fargo) Today in a radio interview, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said he did not know what Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was talking about when she said last week that the United States had made thousands of “tactical errors” in handling the war in Iraq.
Rumsfeld suggested that Rice made this statement because she did not have a basic understanding of warfare. And Rumsfeld has the experience to know. While Rice was off getting a PhD, Rumsfeld was managing the war in Viet Nam.
This last incident just underlines a rift between the Departments of State and Defense. The management of the war has been taking a bashing from members of the State Department and the news media, and members of Congress, retired Generals, Generals in the field, our allies, the Iraqi people, and pretty much the majority of the population of the entire world.
Rumsfeld, who originally said the war would be over in 32.7 seconds, pointed to the unpredictable nature of the Iraq war as the reason the United States has had to change tactics over the past three years. If this is what a good plan looks like to Rumsfeld, perhaps we can all be thankful that we aren’t seeing what he could call a fuck up.