Comments: Dork Alert

Without doubt, the rummy is the most clueless defense head the old USofA has ever had. At least once, in every public appearance, the rummy pleads ignorance.

Our press representatives (cough cough) let him get away with it, so I guess it's so pathetic, er, I mean, copasetic.


Posted by bruce in oz at June 7, 2005 12:41 PM

Most senior folks in DoD just read the Early Bird..which is a compliation of the headlines from various MSM outlets..DR gets his printed out and handed to him during the ride into work.

Also, most senior administration folks, just like in previous administrations, share the questions and answers with congressional staffers prior to testimony. You know it's a hostile meeting if that doesn't happen, or a member deviates from the script.

Bruce - well, having actually worked for two of them, I'd say flat out that Bill Cohen was far worse..compounded by the fact he and his inner circle mostly worked to set themselves up nicely for their post administration jobs in the "cohen group".

The problem with this SecDef, similar to what I observed in the Clinton NSC, is far too many "thinkers" who write volumes of paper or churn out powerpoint briefings and not enough doers who actually manage and implement. Thus, the burden falls on the hordes of underlings who troll under unclear or "I don't know what I want but I'll let you know when I see it" guidance. Also, and this was worse in the Clinton WH, is the tendency for senior folks to overschedule themselves, underestimate how long meetings/events actually take, and leave no time to read the "readaheads", reflect on meetings, and come back with thoughtful decisions/feedback.

Posted by Col Steve at June 7, 2005 10:59 PM

Col. Steve - I agree with you that there are too many "managers" and not enough "leaders" in government. (We won't get into my opinion of the PowerPoint crowd....)

I also see that as a trend in our society overall. I know that I, personally, never feel like I'm accomplishing anything unless I'm doing at least two things at once (witness my habit of blogging when I'm on "hold" on the phone). I've also worked with those overschedulers, so I know the problems they can cause.

The bottom line, though, is that I'm just not comfortable with incompetence as an excuse. I don't accept it from my boss, so why should I accept it from the government?

Specifically to Rumsfeld - If his staff didn't let him know about the Post story before he was interviewed, he needs to fire his staff and get new people. That one was clearly a bomb waiting to drop and leaving him to babble aimlessly, looking even less intelligent and more clueless than usual...well, it looks like sabotage from the inside.

Posted by Anne at June 8, 2005 07:46 AM