April 27, 2004

Plan of Attack

I've pretty much finished the book but haven't had time to blog it yet.

Frankly, I didn't find it nearly as interesting as Clarke's Against All Enemies.

The book, especially the first half or so, became a bit mind-numbing after a while.

At times, it appeared to be solely comprised of Don Rumsfeld asking Tommy Franks to improve the Iraq war plan.

Again. And again. And once more!

I got tired after a while...[ed. note: was it just me?]

Speaking of Tommy Franks, it's not just State and Pentagon that were tussling over Iraq policy.

Here's a little snippet that hasn't gotten too much coverage in the main media:

"I have to deal with the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth almost every day."

That's reportedly Tommy Franks describing Doug Feith in, er, pretty blunt terms.

Somewhat surpisingly perhaps, the most acrimonious relationship appears to be (with the ostensible exception of Franks-Feith!) that between Dick Cheney and Colin Powell (rather than Rumsfeld-Powell).

I'll have more on the book (I'm not quite as sure as Sully that Bush comes off so swimmingly in it) in the coming days.

Also look for negative analysis (surprise!) of Chirac and de Villepin's roles during the advent to war--as well as some interesting (isn't it always?) Bandar related material.

More soon.

UPDATE:

This classic Richard Armitage dressing-down shouldn't be missed either:

"A newly appointed assistant secretary of state who had worked for one of the conservative think tanks in Washington had come to see Armitage his first day of the job. 'I think with my contacts I'll really be able to fix the relationship and act as a bridge between Defense and State,' the new man said.

'You're on our team,' Armitage told him, realizing that he was ripping the poor man's head off. 'You don't bridge shit. I've known all those fuckers for 30 years. You ain't bridging shit.'

Lucidly put, no?

Consider it a little cautionary tale for any of you out there desirous of someday doing a stint in the Beltway--particularly if you have, er, a tendency to overestimate your importance now and again...

Posted by Gregory at April 27, 2004 11:26 AM
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