November 12, 2006

I Love Rummy

Always have, always will:

In a question and answer session at Kansas State University on Thursday, outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was posed the following: “If you were going to give yourself a letter grade for your performance as Secretary of Defense, what grade would that be?”

As he answered, "Oh, I'd let history worry about that," Rumsfeld used his middle finger to scratch his nose.

It was classic Rummy moment.

While we're on the subject, I must say, I don't blame Rummy for retiring, why would he want to work under a Congress that doesn't support the troops or their mission? The answer to that question leads to another, what's next for our military?

A few thoughts on that from Out of the Race:

When all is said and done in connection with the Pentagon management shakeup, the Baker commission report and the Dems actively taking control of the legislative branch, I for one will be watching the reenlistment rate among the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. I suspect many troops will opt to return to civilian life if they feel that they no longer have support from the policymakers, rather than be jerked around by people who think like John Kerry. And if the re-up rate goes down, original enlistments will probably decrease, too. Nobody wants to fight in a war that the movers and shakers don't want to win. That was true in Korea and Vietnam, and it's true now.

Any new trends should be apparent by March or so, if they are to happen. I guarantee you that any such change will be spun by the lamestream media as Bush's fault, probably accompanied by NYT and WaPo opinion pieces bemoaning what a dumb thing it was to get rid of Rumsfeld.

It sure would be interesting if Charlie Rangel's (D-NY) idea of reinstating the draft had to be implemented by a Democratic congress in order to maintain military force levels. I wonder what the political fallout from that would be in '08.

As an aside, I also think that diminished capacity of our conventional forces, especially the Army and Marines, tends to make nuclear war more likely, because weakness encourages the enemy to attack, and when you must fight, you fight with what you have. The alternative is capitulation.

It is indeed something to think about.

Cross-posted at Something... and Half of Something

Posted by LindaSoG at November 12, 2006 09:20 AM

It is so important to support the troops now more than ever. I hope everyone does their part regardless of their feelings about the war.

Posted by: dayngr at November 14, 2006 09:44 PM

I agree with the last statement...

Posted by: Rob at December 11, 2006 03:17 AM

Hunky Husband worked for Rummy. The six times that I had the privilege to meet him and ask him questions, I found him so thoughtful, dry and intelligent. He was warm and affectionate--flirty even, to the spouses. I am sure you have seen that great You Tube of him in press conferences where they have overlayed different hands doing is a scream.

I don't think the bird shot made the tape. Too new, I expect.

Yep. Rummy is cuddly. Just like "W". Cuddle factor, very high.

Posted by: seejanemom at December 14, 2006 06:16 PM