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April 1, 2003

Counting down
Posted by Teresa at 10:33 PM *

The Defense Department’s very own online biography of Donald Rumsfeld says:

Secretary Rumsfeld is responsible for directing the actions of the Defense Department in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The war is being waged against a backdrop of major change within the Department of Defense. The department has developed a new defense strategy and replaced the old model for sizing forces with a newer approach more relevant to the 21st century. Secretary Rumsfeld proposed and the President approved a significant reorganization of the worldwide command structure…
Anyone want to place bets on how long it’ll be before that wording changes?
Comments on Counting down:
#1 ::: Lis Carey ::: (view all by) ::: April 02, 2003, 06:33 AM:

They're slow to notice these, or perhaps merely slow to realize other people will notice them and make connections, but by Monday, for sure, it will never have been there.

#2 ::: Steven desJardins ::: (view all by) ::: April 02, 2003, 03:00 PM:

Off topic, but your blogroll link to the Agonist has three (consecutive) r's in "mirror".

#3 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: April 02, 2003, 04:50 PM:

"It's from the same root as 'miracle'."

#4 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: April 02, 2003, 10:14 PM:

Ah but something will remain once the bio is gone -- his poetry!

Slate has a collection of direct quotes from Rumsfeld (taken from the official DoD site) and presented as poetry -- such as:

The Unknown
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.

The Zen of Rummy!

#5 ::: CHip ::: (view all by) ::: April 02, 2003, 11:22 PM:

Poetry? Oh ... my ... god.

Who does he think he is? Leonard Nimoy?

#6 ::: David Moles ::: (view all by) ::: April 03, 2003, 11:19 AM:

It's "found" poetry. Rummy doesn't know he's writing it.

#7 ::: Claude Muncey ::: (view all by) ::: April 03, 2003, 01:59 PM:

Actually, I like CHip's idea -- imaging Rumsfeld with the ears photoshoped on . . .

#8 ::: Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: April 04, 2003, 02:17 PM:

A "significant reorganization of the worldwide command structure" -- so that's what this war's really about!

Ah, the military unconscious.

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