Nov 09 2006
The Washington Post has a reasonably good photo essay up of Don Rumsfeld’s dedication to this nation. The troops admired this man and he respected and cared for them. The liberals never understood that bond, and were probably envious of his success. And now that the Democrats own Iraq (in the people’s minds, they are here to bring us success), they will probably wish they had Rumsfeld around. The man took the largest Federal organization, with a lof of power centers more than able to defend against civilian plans for restructuring, and restructured it. He took on the Cold War conventional wisdom and turned the military into a much more nimble force, one with a large and lethal Special Forces contigent that has performed amazingly.
And Rumsfeld was a true hero of 9-11. Little notices by the jaded press, Rumsfeld, like Rudy Guilliani in New York City, ran to the site of the attack and started to help save people. He took control of the situation on the front line. The media did not play up Rumsfeld’s role as they did Rudy’s. Which is just anotherr reflection on a media that is totally dysfunctional. Donald Rumsfeld sparred with the media for 6 years and beat them up so bad by pointing out their truly idiotic premises and fantasies, that they had to take him down because they could not be seen inferior in their media. We did not see a lot of Rumsfeld press conferences – he was that devastating. But history will have the last laugh on the media. Rumsfeld’s name is already historic, thanks to the media’s craven efforts to take him down. But historians will go to the tapes, to the full conferences. And they will see the truth of the relationship. There is no contest. If given the choice, we could live without our dysfunctional media, but we needed Don Rumsfeld. He was the right man at the right time, and whether the left can muster the maturity to respect the man is simply their problem. Not our nation’s problem. Thanks Mr. Rumsfeld, for all you did for this country. Unlike some, you worked to better it.