Monday, November 13, 2006
New Yorker Mag: Kicking Rummy When He's Down
Perhaps you've noticed that the left really, really hates Donald Rumsfeld? They won't even let him go away in peace because this very morning the New Yorker has taken the time to give him at least one more kick.
In a piece by Jeffrey Goldberg titled,END OF THE AFFAIR, the New Yorker details the "heartsickness" that long time co-worker Kenneth Adelman has over his failed friendship with Donald Rumsfeld.
The New Yorker's piece beats up Rummy pretty good and ends with this kick in the head:
A few days later, Rumsfeld was out. Adelman is, apparently, still in. “I’m heartsick about the whole matter,” he said. He does not know what to make of the disintegration of Rumsfeld’s career and reputation. "How could this happen to someone so good, so competent?" he said. "This war made me doubt the past. Was I wrong all those years, or was he just better back then? The Donald Rumsfeld of today is not the Donald Rumsfeld I knew, but maybe I was wrong about the old Donald Rumsfeld. It’s a terrible way to end a career. It’s hard to remember, but he was once the future."
Adelman is best known for his article published in the Washington Post in 2002 before the action against Saddam: Cakewalk in Iraq. In his pre-war article, Adelman wrote "I believe that demolishing Hussein's military power and liberating Iraq would be a cakewalk". Adelman is widely known as a "neocon" and supporter of the Iraq war.
But, why are they highlighting the lament about Rummy written by a guy that they would normally hate? Because Adelman recently turned against the Bush administration in a recent Vanity Fair article, of course.
"I just presumed that what I considered to be the most competent national security team since Truman was indeed going to be competent." He also added, "They turned out to be among the most incompetent teams in the postwar era. Not only did each of them, individually, have enormous flaws, but together they were deadly, dysfunctional."
Now pile on top of the Vanity Fair attack this new lament where Adelman is saying that Rummy's career ended badly making Rumsfeld look the loser and you get a double wammy that the New Yorker couldn't pass up.
That makes more sense, eh?
Yeah, they won't even let the former SecDef go into the sunset with a long career of serving his country and a pat on the back. They just gotta keep taking shots.
And why is that one might ask?
It's because they have yet to achieve their ultimate goal of cutting and running from Iraq, so they need to continually find rhetorical weapons to use against the policy. Kicking Rummy even though he is gone helps them along with that one, indeed.
Someone should thank Donald Rumsfeld for his many, many years of service. So, let mine serve as one small voice doing so.
Thanks Donald Rumsfeld. Thanks for all your hard work, your loyalty and service to your country.
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