Thursday, October 23, 2003

Questions on Rumsfeld Memo

Can we get confirmation on how many "private" foundations the USG has created?

Can we get a national referendum on the "long, hard slog" ahead?

Is the USG response to everything and anything that may arise to create a "new institution"?

Great new slogan for the USG? "The harder we work, the behinder we get."

"Cost of billions"...but "we are just getting started," and have not "yet made truly bold moves"...uh oh.

"Have we fashioned the right mix of rewards, amnesty, protection and confidence in the US?" Our heavy artillery in the war against terror?

"Sensible, logical moves in the right direction." Yup, that's dear old Uncle Sam.

New standard of assessment in Terror war? "Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?" No, in fact, you are increasing the number and radical component with every "sensible, logical move."

Lew Rockwell recently hit the nail on the top of the head. "Here we have the Secretary of Defense admitting that he doesn't know if the US governnment is winning or losing the war on terror, and, more pointedly, admitting that 'we lack the metrics' to know. 'Is our current situation such that the harder we work, the behinder we get?' There you have it: a typical government program. Hundreds of billions down the drain, and nothing to show for it but confusion." Later in the memo, Rumsfeld asks "Do we need a new organization?" Rockwell concludes, "in a word, yes, and it shouldn't be government."

I hope, at the very least, the troops are enjoying their Hershey Pies over at the Burger King in the Baghdad airport. It's the only sweet taste in sight.

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