Sunday, November 13, 2005
Rummy Rewrites History
Looks like Donald Rumsfeld feels his personal place in history trumps loyalty to his fellow Bush League minions:|
propaganda "spin" that they honestly believe anyone actually mentioning the truth is "rewriting history?" Or are they just cynical liars that believe "history is a pack of lies written by the winners" and therefore think anyone contradicting their various lies is thus "rewriting history."
Wrestling With HistoryDo these people spend so much time listening to their own
Sometimes you have to fight the war you have, not the war you wish you had
By David Von Drehle (Washington Post)
Sunday, November 13, 2005; Page W12
If only he could show us the memo.
"It's still classified, I suppose?" says Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, looking toward his assistant.
"It's still classified," Lawrence DiRita replies, "along with a lot of the underlying planning."
Rumsfeld nods, apparently disappointed. He is interested in sharing the memo because the memo, as he outlines it, demonstrates that his critics are utterly mistaken. He did not dash heedless and underprepared into Iraq. Rumsfeld foresaw the things that could go wrong -- and not just foresaw them, but wrote them up...
"It would have been probably October of '02, and the war was March, I think," of the following year, Rumsfeld explains. "I sat down, and I said, 'What are all the things that one has to anticipate could be a problem?' And circulated it and read it to the president -- sent it to the president. Gave it to the people in the department, and they planned against those things. And all of the likely and unlikely things that one could imagine are listed there. It was just on the off-chance we'd end up having a conflict. We didn't know at that stage."
Some might quibble with Rumsfeld's description of the historical moment. At the time he wrote the memo, dated October 15, 2002, Congress had recently voted to give President Bush complete authority to invade Iraq and topple Saddam Hussein. A White House spokesman had just confirmed that invasion plans were on Bush's desk -- detailed plans, we now know, which Rumsfeld had been shaping and hammering and editing for much of the previous year.
In other words, there was far more than an "off-chance" of conflict. All that remained to be done was for the president to reach his official decision. The train was loaded, its doors were shut, and it was ready to leave the station.
Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters. ~African Proverb