Rumsfeld Crony Makes Fool of Self While Giving Gates Backhanded Compliments
You know whose opinion you should really value when assessing the impending retention of Bob Gates at the Pentagon? Larry Di Rita, the last living Rumsfeld acolyte — seriously, put him in the Smithsonian or something — says that sure, sure, Gates does lots of nice things competently, but “success in Iraq is not without cost — less focus on everything else.” In other words, the trouble with Gates is that he didn’t continue the Rumsfeld agenda:
A partial list of the Bush/Rumsfeld program: the most extensive global and realignment since ; the complete realignment of the global U.S. force posture in Asia, Europe, and the ; the expansion and modernization of U.S. special forces; the redesign of the ; the most significant reduction in strategic forces in the nuclear era; the implementation and deployment of a basic system of defense against ; the creation of an entirely new civil-service system for the ; the establishment of new military commands for the Homeland, and Africa; the list goes on.
If only Gates had stayed the course! God I love the myopia of the Rumsfeld faction. Yes, when people think of the Rumsfeld Pentagon, they think, “… that civil-service program really needed some fixing. Good thing there was a man in charge back then who knew how to focus on the big picture! Now, which way to the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans memorials?” It’s curious how people think they’re defending Rumsfeld by implicitly asking people to separate their views on a secretary of defense from the two wars he presided over. Or all the torture he ordered. Canceling the Crusader artillery system somehow doesn’t even things out.
Then there’s this:
The secretary of Defense, vested with the authority of the president himself, provides [energy in the executive]. Without it, there cannot be true change against the naturally centrifugal forces of status quo among , members of Congress, and their constituents for whom defense spending is often looked at as a public works program. Rumsfeld muscled his way through these forces without fear or favor.