Monday, November 20, 2006

The myth of Rumsfeld's genius

Today's L.A. Times article on the new Army doctrine which rejects Rumsfeld's policies began this way.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld may be leaving under a cloud of criticism over his handling of the Iraq war, but his invasion plan — emphasizing speed over massive troop numbers — has consistently been held up as a resounding success.
Huh? Hell, it was George H.W. Bush who wrote that charging in to Baghdad would be to assign
young soldiers to a fruitless hunt for a securely entrenched dictator and condemning them to fight in what would be an unwinnable urban guerilla war, it could only plunge that part of the world into ever greater instability.
Rummy didn't read that book? He didn't know that, yeah, you may be able to get somewhere quickly with your big guns, but that doesn't necessarily win the game?

In other words: How much of a military genius can Rummy be if he's never heard of a fucking screen pass?

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