Sunday, April 3, 2011

More Evidence that Rumsfeld Was Not the Deepest-Thinking Secretary of Defense

We've looked at the deep thoughts of Donald Rumsfeld before on this blog, but now the Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal came across a memo written and distributed by Rumsfeld on April 7, 2003. Boy, am I ever glad I didn't work for him:

Yeah, OK, let me go over here to my desk and solve those Pakistan and Korea problems for you real quick-like. I'm sure I'll be able to get 'er done this afternoon - it's not like all of these ridiculously complex issues have been vexing the world for several decades now.

Oh, wait, yes they have.

Let me paraphrase the law of the instrument (i.e. "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail."):

"It is tempting, if the only tools you [think you] have are bombs ['coercive diplomacy'], to try to solve all problems by blowing sh*t up."

I only hope that the people who are running the Pentagon now are thinking a little more deeply about all the problems we face in the world.

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