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December 20, 2004

This whole Rumsfeld thing is getting pretty ridiculous. What does this man have to do to get fired?

The latest is the revelation that a machine has been mechanically reproducing his signature on letters to families of soldiers killed in Iraq. He apparently doesn't have the time or the inclination to personally sign condolence letters. Of course, he says that he'll be signing them personally from now on.

The signatures might seem like a small thing, but it's representative of the attitude of these people. They don't care. They just don't care. They'll go to the ends of the earth to defend each other, but take any shortcuts they can find when it comes to the lives of others.

Not surprisingly, President Bush still thinks Rumsfeld is doing "a fine job".


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Everything you need to know about Rummy is wrapped up in this condolence letter thing. First, he says that he "wrote and approved" all the letters, but didn't sign them because it would have slowed down the process. Right. As if writing the letters wouldn't have slowed him down. As if, had he actually written the letters, he would have then needed to "approve" them. Then he says something like, "I have directed that in the future, I sign all the letters." Directed whom? Himself? As usual, Rummy stretches for rhetorical flourishes to mask his own accountability issues. Like he's not the one running the Pentagon. Like he's going to correct all this mistakes that are being made by all those people he has nothing to do with in the Defense Department. Much the way he's going to direct the Army to start up-armoring tanks, now that he's been let in on that secret. What's amazing at this point is not that 50% of Americans don't trust him anymore; it's that 50% of them still do. That's beyond scary; it's bizarre. Back when Rummy was Ford's Chief of Staff in early 75, he managed to alienate virtually every member of Ford's staff and wound up not getting the vice-presidential nod to replace Rocky on the 76 Republican ticket, not because Ford lacked confidence in him, but because nobody could stand the son of a bitch anymore. Too bad the current Republican apparatus - many of whom were in the Ford administration - can't see what they all knew that. Is there any man more arrogant than Don Rumsfeld? Is there anyone in Washington who can compete with his cocksure incompetence? Is there any person less deserving of a second term, aside from Bush?