posted on Dec, 15 2006 @ 09:26 PM
Rumsfeld was a good Navy pilot. He was successful in several government posts and in private business. But he had some weaknesses, too. He did not
like disputations, dissenters or disagreements despite the phoney propaganda that he loved conflicting ideas. He surrounded himself with “Yes”
men, including the uniformed leaders. He had much too high an opinion of himself. Too bad for the country. So here’s my take on one of the original
Gang of Four, Bush43, VP Cheney, Rumsfeld who I called the Oberfuhrer, and the Birmingham Songbird Sec Rice. This small group got America into the
worst foreign entanglement since William Randolph Hearst urged William McKinley go to war with Spain. 1898.
The DoD is the largest single expense item in the Federal Government’s discretionary budget. Today, fully 20% is “off budget” so add about $100
b. to the publicly disclosed $455 b. Add $35 b. for the VA. Add $200 b. as the DoD’s share of the interest on the national debt. The 2 largest items
the SS and Medicare, are in the black. To manage the Department is a job for more than one man but unfortunately, our management system is about 75
years out of date. The public suffers because of that, but it is a golden bonanza for contractors and other providers to the Pentagon. It’s simply
too large for anyone to ever have a handle on it. We have already heard on Inspector General say in the last 10 years, the DoD has ?Lost? over $1 t.
Money we just can’t find. That is sad.
Because our laws give civilians the control over uniformed persons, it turns out a person who has no knowledge, no training, no experience, and no
concept of the possible, is placed in charge of the largest bureaucracy in the government. Donald Rumsfeld made the same mistake many leaders ahead of
him have made, that this legal authority or responsibly some how gives him the prerogative to make tactical military decisions.
It is not easy to separate tactical, strategic and political aspects of war. I suggest FDR is a good example of how the Commander in Chief as well as
a Cabinet Secretary of the Defense Department, ought to conduct himself. Roosevelt’s only trip into running the military was to decide the US would
fight Germany first, then Japan. After that, he left it to the Secretary of War and Navy, and to the Generals and Admirals how to execute his orders.
General Marshall picked Dwight Eisenhower to lead the US invasion of North Africa. Ike lost the first battle he was in. But FDR knew any general would
have been as likely to have lost that battle. Our soldiers were not experienced, our equipment was not good, and we had poor to no intelligence. FDR
stuck with Ike. He did much better at Sicily. This gave Ike experience planning 2 seaborne assaults. He was the logical choice for the grand finale,
Operation Overlord. D-Day in Europe. FDR stayed with Ike. You know the rest.
Harry Truman followed FDR. He did not tell Admiral Nimitz or Halsey how to place their men or ships. He did not tell General MacArthrur to land on
Leyte first, then Luzon. He left battle decisions to the men who had the training and experience to make those decisions. It has HST alone who
decided to drop our 2 atom bombs on cities in Japan. It was up to Gen. LeMay who when and how it would be done. Sure, Truman was in charge. But he was
smart enough to know his own limits and to know which issues he and he alone could address. And not to mix them.
LBJ and RMN both got involved in target selection. Anytime the head man has nothing better to do, or worse, does not know what is properly his job to
do, you are in deep do-do. I believe since then, it has gotten worse. This is because we have wall-size plasma tv screens in the triple deep basemen
bomb shelter (Fuhrer bunker?) war room in the White House linked to real time satellites and UAVs, so that our president and other top leaders can sit
in soft leather chairs, sipping their favorite beverage, and watch war real time. Exhilarating! Being all powerful - so they delude themselves into
believing - they have succumbed to the temptation to make battlefield decisions.
This is Rumsfeld legacy: 1) A military the Army Chief of Staff said Thursday is broken.
2) 3000 KIA in Iraq
3) A Civil War we caused
4) No way to exit with honor
5) Lost our influence in the Middle East.
6) Afghan is unraveling
As Bush43 sez: “Gee, Rummy, you’re doing one heck of a job!”
[edit on 12/15/2006 by donwhite]