RUMSFELD IN RETREAT
Donald Rumsfeld had that seductive charm most people fall for: an incisive manner and piercing intellect
that bring things into a cohesive whole [cohesive whole? surely you jest] ["Rummy on the Rocks,"
by James Wolcott, October]. People believed that this had to be a powerful guy with a plan.
His decisive actions led to the mess in Iraq and Abu Ghraib. But somewhere Rumstud's still working
it. The situation didn't spell immediate resignation but only a low profile [as in slithering].
It seems his wrestling prowess allowed him to believe that his thoughts and decisions were
paramount and that he had to listen only to people who agreed with him. This imagined old-man warrior couldn't understand
that decisiveness, coupled with power and the ability to change and adapt when grave mistakes occur, is lasting sexual appeal
-- with substance.
Rumsfeld has to "stay wrong." It is not in his nature to accept that he can really be
wrong. He is a window which provides a glimpse into the soul of the Bush administration. Nico
Colson-Jones, Brooklyn, NY