October 08, 2003

Bureaucratic Trench Warfare (Part Two)

Bureaucratic Trench Warfare (Part Two)

Rummy speaks to the FT.

The interview transcript.

Key snippet:

"Q: Not to belabor the point, but it sounds from your response there that you had not been briefed about this prior to Dr Rice's briefing of the Times and the memo.

DR: That's true.

Q: OK. Did you talk to the president about this beforehand?

DR: Have I talked to him about it? No.

Q: OK. OK. Did it come as a surprise to you then?

DR: No, that's what the NSC's charter is. It's a kind of - the only thing unusual about it is the attention. I kind of wish they'd just release the memorandum.

Q: You said already, working for one year in the way you said, told us, why then is it necessary to make the memorandum?

DR: I don't know. You'd have to ask them. I don't know.

Q: Do you have any [inaudible] why?

DR: I've already responded to that.

Q: It's not quite clear why.

DR: Pardon me?

Q: It's not quite clear for me why.

DR: I said I don't know. Isn't that clear? You don't understand English? I was not there for the backgrounding.

Q: One might think you'd talk about it with Condoleezza and with others in the National Security Council when you're sitting together, five or six of you.

DR: Yeah, we talk about everything.

Q: And she doesn't say: Now I'm writing a memo, by the way, I'll tell you.

DR: I happen not to know that she was going to write a memo, but that's true every day that somebody on the NSC writes a memorandum, or someone in one of the principle departments. I mean I write memorandums all the time that people don't know I'm writing until people receive it. I think you're looking for something that's not there."

Sounds likes Rummy was just taken down a peg or two.

Posted by Gregory at October 8, 2003 10:00 AM
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