Archive for Friday, July 20, 2012

Rumsfeld rules

July 20, 2012


To the editor:

In preparation for the Donald Rumsfeld visit later this month, keep his rules of the game in mind.

First, make friends with the rich and powerful. It helps to attend an elite school where you can better rub shoulders with the movers and shakers of industry and government. To get ahead, you need to skillfully maneuver the halls of business and political influence, biding your time and striking when the opportunity arises. Squeeze every drop out of your subordinates to fatten your resume. When appointed to a top defense position, you have to keep your pen and tongue moving nonstop, always staying a couple steps ahead of the competition.

Remember, political power is everything and never question the president’s strategy. Indeed, as the top defense official, you have to be the primary cheerleader for the boss’ shortsighted policies. When pressed on specifics, either change the subject (i.e. smoking mushroom clouds) or retort that “stuff happens.” Never admit you made a mistake, and always cast blame on others. When your services are no longer needed in government, seek more fame and fortune on the lecture circuit. Finally, write a memoir justifying all your decisions, and then conduct a book tour where you sell autographed copies to the local yokels.


Corey Williams 4 years ago

"We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama Bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead." "We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."

Getaroom 4 years ago

And right after you read his "Book of Lies" walk on over to the polls (if you have an ID and aren't a color) and vote for Romney just put the icing on the cake so you can eat it too.

Now, with Bain Capital under your belt, keep buying up America and the rest of the world, so you can Privatize it. Yipe!!! It worked out well for LIBOR didn't it? Free reign, free money!!!

That's what I'm talkin' about, one big well oiled Corporation, just like all The Big Daddy's ordered!

All served up on a super sized platter and brought to you straight from kitchen of The Citizens United Supreme Court of God Bless America.
Lest we forget, Corporations = Government = people. One person, one vote. Now that's how to elect a Corporate Head of Corporate America by golly! That's what I mean by False Hope No Change!

progressive_thinker 4 years ago

"Peace is for wussies."

Draft Dodgers GW Bush, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh and others talk big stuff, but did not have what it takes when the time came for them to serve.

cato_the_elder 4 years ago

Not surprisingly, you forgot to include Bill Clinton and scores of other well-known "progressive" liberal Democrats.

progressive_thinker 4 years ago

Evidently you missed the point that the hypocrites who are so ready to get so many of our youth killed avoided serving themselves. Progressive democrat Bill Clinton had exactly one death due to hostilities on his watch, a record that the survivors of 6440 who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan would be envious of.

cato_the_elder 4 years ago

Evidently you had no point to make.

By the way, "progressive thinker" is an oxymoron.

progressive_thinker 4 years ago

Glad to hear that you think so. I did not expect anything more.

cato_the_elder 4 years ago

That's usually how people react when they're told the truth.

progressive_thinker 4 years ago

Actually, it is how reasonable people react to the Ad hominem attack--

cato_the_elder 4 years ago

That's how people normally respond when they're told the truth.

progressive_thinker 4 years ago

Resorting to the broken record response?

cato_the_elder 4 years ago

No, what's broken is the notion that the juxtaposition of "progressive" and "thinker" isn't an oxymoron.

progressive_thinker 4 years ago

There ya go again, renewed Ad hominem attack--proof positive that you have no basis in fact

cato_the_elder 4 years ago

Au contraire. I was merely making a point about your moniker, which is humorously oxymoronic.

progressive_thinker 4 years ago

The only point you have made is that you are unable to make a point. Making a point requires facts, accurate information, and critical analysis.

cato_the_elder 4 years ago

The only point you've tried to make is your complaint about what you call an ad hominem attack. By the way, I'm quite sensitive to the possibility that you perhaps should be calling it an ad feminam attack.

progressive_thinker 4 years ago

Still no facts, data, critical analysis.....

progressive_thinker 4 years ago

What difference does it make which branch or even if I served? I am not the hypocrite that sent our youth off to war, and did not advocate doing so.

cato_the_elder 4 years ago

"First, make friends with the rich and powerful. It helps to attend an elite school where you can better rub shoulders with the movers and shakers of industry and government. To get ahead, you need to skillfully maneuver the halls of business and political influence, biding your time and striking when the opportunity arises."

That's Barack Obama's history precisely.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

And yet, you'd probably kiss Rumsfeld's feet (and any other part of his anatomy) given the chance.

cato_the_elder 4 years ago

I've met and spoken with the former Secretary, which was quite an honor.

Our meeting was cordial, but no kissing occurred.

By the way, he's way smarter than you are.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years ago

Then he should be smart enough not to have been nearly as stupid as he has demonstrated himself to be.

jaywalker 4 years ago

"When pressed on specifics, ....."

Yo, Mr. Finch? Up until the above point, everything you wrote was positive and admirable. I realize you wish to belittle the man but......whoops.

Yes, it's a horrible thing when someone gets an academic scholarship to Princeton. And when you have the opportunity, everyone knows it's in one's best interest to hang w/ the slackers and misanthropes rather than the rich and powerful. Besides, everyone just goes to that ramshackle school for the hob-nobbing. And it would be far more laudable if he ineptly maneuvered the halls of business and politics instead of being successful.
(The "fatten his resume'" line - nothing sarcastic comes to mind. You just gotta do some homework. He's one of the most accomplished men in the nation. He fattened his own resume'.) And lastly, how dare he become the first politician in history to write a book or tour the lecture circuit. He only spent 52 years serving his country and excelling in the private sector; what's he got to share? We need to hear from the Cynthia Mckinney's and Snooki's who gain their wealth of experience and fame from 15 seconds of infamy.

CreatureComforts 4 years ago

OMG, this almost makes Rumsfeld sound like...every other politician in America!

The FBI must be warned.

blindrabbit 4 years ago

Another Secretary of Defense rat; just as arrogant and egotistical as the VietNam flunky Robert (bean counter) McNamara.

riverdrifter 4 years ago

I'm directly related to the Donald (on my father's side) and wouldn't walk across the street to pee on him if he was on fire. Met him once at a family reunion. Arrogant/supercilious and patronizing d-bag. Yeech.

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