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May 09, 2004

I am Surrounded by Cowards!

This story in the Washington Post is about deep disagreements at the Defense Department about Iraq. Various high-ranking officers, retired and not, harshly criticize Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz. But all the ones who aren't retired do so anonymously.

At the end of the story, Wolfowitz is asked about the officers' antagonism towards him and Rumsfeld. He says "I wish they'd have the -- whatever it takes -- to come tell me to my face."

I believe the "whatever it takes" referenced by Wolfowitz is "the willingness to have their careers ruined by me, Paul Wolfowitz."

"I wish they'd have the willingness to have their careers ruined by me, Paul Wolfowitz. That way I'd get honest, frank criticism of my decisions. And I'd also be able to ruin their careers. Really, it's a win-win. Why am I surrounded by these COWARDS?"

Posted at May 9, 2004 09:59 AM | TrackBack