Rummy and the Generals for Hire
More from the DOD document dump shows Rummy & the Washington Generals to be complete sociopaths:
An ongoing exploration of the documents related to the Pentagon’s "message force multipliers" program has unearthed a clip of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld suggesting that America, having voted the Democrats back into Congressional power, could benefit from suffering another terrorist attack, and doing so in the presence of the very same military analysts who went on to provide commentary and analysis of the Iraq War.
Here’s the particularly hideous section as Lt. General Michael DeLong bemoans the Democrats victory in the 2006 elections:
DELONG: Politically, what are the challenges because you’re not going to have a lot of sympathetic ears up there.
RUMSFELD: That’s what I was just going to say. This President’s pretty much a victim of success. We haven’t had an attack in five years. The perception of the threat is so low in this society that it’s not surprising that the behavior pattern reflects a low threat assessment. The same thing’s in Europe, there’s a low threat perception. The correction for that, I suppose, is an attack.
Those in attendance included many of Brian Williams and other talking heads’ best military analyst buddies:
…it all went down at a valedictory luncheon Rumsfeld hosted for those analysts on December 12, 2006. Many of the "message force multipliers" named in the original New York Times piece were in attendance, including David L. Grange, Donald W. Sheppard, James Marks, Rick Francona, Wayne Downing, and Robert H. Scales, Jr.
Talking Points Memo has a whole host of bloggers digging into the thousands of pages, you can check it out here.
Think Progress has more information from the documents. Who had trenchant points that the Defense Department wanted the military analysts to know about and get out to the unsuspecting public?
Bill O’Reilly, Chuckles Krauthammer, and Michelle Malkin.
What were the “thoughtful” remarks of Malkin and O’Reilly on detention policy? In the Malkin column, she said that a “far greater threat” than Guantanamo to America is the “unseriousness and hypocrisy of the terrorist-abetting left.” O’Reilly said there were only “minor cases of abuse” there. In fact, when news broke of suicides at the prison, Malkin’s reaction was “boo-freaking hoo.”
Yes, Michelle "Japanese Internment Camps were an Awesome Idea" Malkin.
Your tax dollars spent on right-wing agitprop…awesome. You wonder if Armstrong Williams asked for a piece of the action on this.