Yesterday’s Thoughts

November 8, 2006

Rumsfeld’s Rules

In honor of Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation, quotations from Rumsfeld’s Rules

  • It is easier to get into something than to get out of it.
  • If a prospective presidential approach can’t be explained clearly enough to be understood well, it probably hasn’t been thought through well enough. If not well understood by the American people, it probably won’t “sail” anyway. Send it back for further thought.

For an examples of these rule in action any standard history of the Iraq fiasco, although the second sentence of the second rule was obviously violated. The operative principle there was, “If you have some half-baked idea with absolutely no evidence to support it that you want to ‘sail’, get someone with a national reputation to tell a tale of outright lies.”

Perhaps that rule should be attributed to Rove (or Orwell.)

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