|LETTERS FROM A WARBLOGGER: DEAR DONALD RUMSFELD.|
|By Grady Olivier||
Washington, District of Columbia
Dear Mr. Rumsfeld:
Long-time admirer, first-time correspondent, Sir.
Following the weekend morning chat shows where you often appear as closely as we do, and countless thousands of my adopted countrymen have acquired that sort of intimate unidirectional appreciation that, say, Michael Perry had for Olivia Newton-John. We're almost family.
Unfortunately, as with your Germany kinfolk, this segment of your family hates you.
I had originally intended a castigation: a letter upbraiding you for
Ultimately, though, it was unsatisfactory. A depiction of you as an
That changed though when you -- special envoy on behalf of then President Reagan and former high officer of state -- stormed the Iraqi capital. No need here for cheap piosities made easy by rearview history. No need to chastise you for a thick-headed failure to divine that the Iraqi dictator would one day realize his brutish potential. The horrors perpetrated by Saddam Hussein, whose hand you shook, were then both verifiable and verified. As the indefatigable librarians of the National Security Archive noted, you made that trip fully cognizant of the fact that Saddam Hussein "had invaded his neighbor (Iran), had long-range nuclear aspirations that would "probably" include "an eventual nuclear weapon capability," harbored known terrorists in Baghdad, abused the human rights of his citizens, and possessed and used chemical weapons on Iranians and his own people." I prefer to think of you, Mr. Rumsfeld, as fully in control now, just as you were on that remote date.
Instead of leveraging the unprecedented post-9/11 swell of simpatico for the American project you staunched it. Whereas the world's newspapers once heralded, "We Are All Americans Now," March closed with a day when "There was not one pro-American editorial in... the world's leading newspapers outside the United States." As you ascended to your present office, the country had positioned itself as the hub of the dense network of commercial, cultural, and political obligations ever constructed. Your most recent idiocies have had the effect - perhaps intended of dismantling it, of alienating erstwhile allies, of ignoring obligations, and of bringing the hapless residents of this country into disrepute. All this in the name of achieving national security.
You managed it with spectacular imbecility.
Which is essentially my point. You bring managerial equipment to the
Public opinion polling may be in your favor, Mr. Rumsfeld, but even you know it to be a transient thing. The progress of the herd of professional historians, while slow, is constant. Their judgment of you will not be favorable.
Grady Olivier is a man of many, many words. His hardcore blogging can be found at Warblogger Watch.