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To: neverdem

Soory Rummy...you screwed the pooch in Iraq, itt ook Heaven and Earth being moved and even then...Rummy would not think about a Surge..

Rummy was a piss poor SecDef...no way around it, compaore pre Rummy and post Rummy...no contest...he failed to adapt, he deserves his fate.


2 posted on 11/23/2008 1:14:07 PM PST by padre35 (You shall not ignore the laws of God, the Market, the Jungle, and Reciprocity Rm10.10)
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To: padre35

I didn’t like Rumsfeld as SECDEF, but I don’t disagree with this article.


4 posted on 11/23/2008 1:20:49 PM PST by Mr Rogers (And if there are those who cannot subscribe to these principles, then let them go their way - Reagan)
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To: padre35

Yes, he was inept but who could ever forget his unforgettable quote when he was asked why there were few Euro allies who signed up to invade Iraq and his response to Germany and France:

“We have new Europe like the Poland, Czech republic..Germany, France?..they’re OLD EUROPE.”


5 posted on 11/23/2008 1:21:00 PM PST by reaganixonbush
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To: padre35
Rummy was an outstanding SOD. With lighting speed he orchestrated the defeat of Afghanistan and Iraq's power structure, and entrenched US power in both countries. All this with a minimum of exposer for our troops.

Failure of the Iraqis, out of fear of terrorists, to support the 'freedom' mission , required a new strategy be developed, for an enemy of embedded terrorists rather than of armies.

Hence, Gen. Petreus, Gates to spearhead the new, now successful 'Surge' strategy. It was time for fresh blood to continue our goal for Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thank you Rummy for an outstanding job as SOD.

Padre, you are a victim of the MSM. Shame!!

19 posted on 11/23/2008 2:27:00 PM PST by duckln
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To: padre35
Rumsfeld was actually the perfect man to serve as U.S. Secretary of Defense back when he was first appointed. He was an older, independently wealthy guy with no political aspirations -- which meant he was an ideal person to reduce waste and inefficiency in the Defense Department, and scale back on bloated budgets for unnecessary military contracts.

In other words, he was the ideal person to tell individual senators, representatives, etc. to 'eff off when they complained that their pet projects in their states/districts were being eliminated.

Rumsfeld's only problem was that this "streamline/efficiency" model was totally unsuited for a major military campaign in Iraq -- and it really showed.

20 posted on 11/23/2008 2:44:27 PM PST by Alberta's Child (I'm out on the outskirts of nowhere . . . with ghosts on my trail, chasing me there.)
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