. . . Thursday May 13, 2004

Rummy Goes to Baghdad

Donald Rumsfeld showed up in Baghdad today where he spoke to the troops: “In recent months we’ve seen abuses here under our responsibility, and it’s been a body blow for us. It doesn’t represent America. It doesn’t represent American values. It doesn’t represent the values of you here in this room.”

Rummy denied that his visit was intended to ease the scandal: “We’re not on an inspection tour. If anyone thinks I’m there to throw water on a fire, they’re wrong.”

People should be less paranoid. It’s May. He had a week off. Where else would you go except Baghdad?

Rumsfeld also was sure to remind soldiers where the buck stops: With the Press.

“We hear a lot of criticism in the press, but the fact of the matter is that people every year line up to come to the United States of America. They want to become American citizens, and the reason they do is because they know, as Abraham Lincoln said, that the United States is the last best hope of humankind. I’ve stopped reading the newspapers.”

Isn’t this garbage getting a little old at this point? Here’s a thought. Forget the newspapers. Just read the Taguba and other reports in a timely manner.

Concentration is important!