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Wednesday, February 11, 2004
 

Rummy makes welcome return to the Borscht Belt


[Leo Rosten says borsht - Mr Google overrules.]

I'm a sucker for a Rummygram, and, though the old guy doesn't seem to have been deploying those zingers quite as much lately, he recently showed he still has the touch.

According to Joseph Galloway of Knight Ridder (February 10 - via Atrios, I think), from a supremely bullish position nine months ago, the Pentagon has been reviewing the situation in Iraq, and don't like what they see:
Rumsfeld and his key aides, meanwhile, are running for cover.

In one recent high-level meeting, Rumsfeld looked at Secretary of State Colin Powell and said, "Jerry (Ambassador Paul Bremer, the top U.S. civilian in Iraq) works for you, right?"

Powell looked as if he'd been struck by lightning. Bremer and every other U.S. official in Iraq reports directly to Rumsfeld and the Pentagon. Rumsfeld demanded and got complete authority over the military, over the civilian authority in charge of rebuilding the country, over the administration's $87 billion Iraq budget, over every line of every contract let. And suddenly he forgot that Bremer works for him?


And when you start feeling sorry for Powell, just recall his February 5 2003 UN Security Council presentation: his tongue was as forked as the rest.


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