'Defending Mr. Rumsfeld'
nails it re Mr. Rumsfeld
: "I'm a fan of Donald Rumsfeld's intellect and his maverick efforts to reform the military. But, come on. It did not work out. Even a fan of Rumsfeld can see this." ... I'm eagerly awaiting some armchair blogger's accusation that the generals, even those who served in Iraq, have been duped by the liberal media's portrayal of events in Iraq. ... On the other hand, I do wonder how much of the generals' criticism is ultimately rooted in Rummy's reform efforts. If you have to read one book about the Pentagon and its bureaucratic mindset toward war and weapons, make it 'Boyd.'
Whenever I hear a general say we didn't have enough troops in Iraq, I wince. What we didn't have enough of was imagination and flexibility -- something Rumsfeld couldn't and wouldn't provide. His obstinate ways are actually the antithesis of what Boyd advocated. ...