Thursday, November 01, 2007

Rumsfeld's Snow Jobs

While he was running the Pentagon, Rumsfeld flooded people with 20-60 memos a day (so many they were nicknamed "Snowflakes"). Today's WaPo has a story featuring a number of those. Here's a few of Rumsfeld's "thoughts" for staff.
  • Muslims avoid "physical labor"
  • "keep elevating the threat"
  • "link Iraq to Iran"
  • develop "bumper sticker statements" to rally public support
  • "our publics risk falling prey to the argument that all is lost" -- simply result from the wrong standards being applied
  • "Talk about Somalia, the Philippines, etc. Make the American people realize they are surrounded in the world by violent extremists"
  • People will "rally" to sacrifice, he noted after the meeting. "They are looking for leadership. Sacrifice = Victory."
  • needed a team to help him "go out and push people back, rather than simply defending" Iraq policy and strategy
  • advised aides "to test what the results could be" if the war on terrorism were renamed
  • Neither Europe nor the United Nations understands the threat or the bigger picture


Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

What was it that Arthur Meier Schlesinger said about D.R.? Maybe that he was the most horrible person he had ever encountered in government?

You could certainly count the kind of thoughts he expresses here as evidence of Schlesinger's good judgment.

6:13 PM  

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