Rumsfield’s Blizzard Unleashed: Memos detail his thoughts on the ‘War on terror’, Iraq, and the media

In Bush/Cheney Administration, Foreign Affairs, Iraq War on November 2, 2007 by Editor Z

The Washington Post revealed that it obtained some of ex-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield’s frequent memos to Pentagon officials and staff during his tenure, that were known as “Snowflakes”. In the memos Rumsfield laments the eroding of public opinion on the war as well as the insurgency.

Here is the lead paragraph from the Washington Post on the story:

In a series of internal musings and memos to his staff then-Defense Secretary Donald H Rumsfield argued that Muslims avoid “physical labor” and wrote of the need to “keep elevating the threat”, “link Iraq to Iran” and develop “bumper sticker statements” to rally support for an unpopular war.

the story goes on:

Under siege in April 2006, when a series of retired Generals denounced him and called for his resignation in Newspaper op-ed pieces, Rumsfield produced a memo after a conference call with Military analysts “Talk about Somalia, the Philippines, etc. Make the American people realize they are surrounded by in the world by violent extremists.”

“People will ‘rally’ to sacrifice,” he noted after the meeting. They are looking for leadership. Sacrifice = victory.”

The Pentagon though states that the Washington post has taken the memos out of context.

“You are running a story based off of selective quotations and gross mischaracterizations from a handful of memos — carefully picked from 20,000 written while Rumsfield served as Secretary of Defense,” Rumsfield aide Keith Urbahn wrote in an e-mail. “After almost all meetings, he dictated his recollections of what was said for his own records.”

MY TAKE: Based on these memos and just his overall demeanor as is seen in the press and through the testimonials of other people, Rumsfield is a narcist, competing to hold more power then those in the military or at the state Department. Obsessed with his own public image and the war that is chained to him and which is legacy will be determined by.

The American people know we are in danger. Its the Bush/Cheney administration and those in congress who seem to forget. they are the ones who refuse to guard our borders, sell off ports to foreign countries, and refuse to implement other measures that could reduce the risk of terrorism to our country.

Rumsfield’s qualms not about the thousands of valiant men and woman on the ground in Iraq, not about those U.S soldiers killed, not about the wounded and maimed, not about the U.S image, and not about making sure our money is spent well, but about his image. This is reminiscent of Vietnam, where war backers in the administration sought not to address the real problems (us being in the war in the first place as well as a lack of understanding about the Vietnamese culture, etc), but thought that popularity was eroding because of the image and not the reality of a war spiraling out of control.

Message to all politicians (especially those in congress and the Bush/Cheney administration) the problem isn’t the media or the perception, it is that you haven’t been straight forward with us. Both Iraq and Vietnam prove many things, one of which includes that waging a war built on secrets and lies and the covering up of those mistruths, is as moral, as building a house on a foundation of quicksand is smart.

Correction: At one point I may have written in the story that Donald Rumsfield served as Secretary of State, when in fact he had served as Secretary of defense. My apologies to all of you for that mistake. It has been fixed.


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