December 3, 2006

"The memo will be spun in the usual ways; the best thing is to read it for yourself."

Says John Hinderaker of the Rumsfeld memo -- leaked and published in the NYT. Exactly. Read the memo yourself: here.

IN THE COMMENTS: Steven B says:
My conspiracy theory: The memo is a fake. I've read several different places that Rumsfeld despises acronyms, never uses them, and doesn't allow them to be used in documents he reads or dictates.

Ruth Anne says:
Stephen B: If your acronym theory is correct, here's another one that crept in, "Korean Katusas"

Katusa is an acronym for Korean augmentee to the U.S. Army.

Is that true about Rumsfeld and acronyms?

MORE: By the Sea writes:
I worked on Secretary Rumsfeld's personal staff for three years and at least the writing style is consistent with his. He does use acronyms, and especially in snowflakes, those nasty things that come drifting down from his office that ruin your chances of going home on time.

All I can say is based on writing style, it seems authentic.

22 comments:

tjl said...

Is anyone troubled by the fact that any government document, no matter how sensitive or confidential, immediately finds its way to the NYT which publishes it in full?

On the other hand, maybe Rumsfeld expected this to happen. Knowing he'd soon be dumped, and wanting the MSM to accurately relay his actual views, he put them in a memo labeled "Secret and Confidential," thus ensuring its instant and full publication.

Gerry said...

I know it bothers me. It shows that people who think like the editors at the New York Times are more concerned with their own profits and/or with defeating the Bush administration than they are with winning the war in Iraq and the broader war on terror.

And it also shows that there are too many people, who do not exactly think like the people at the Times, but are entirely too blase about those who do to do anything about them.

J. Peden said...

The memo has to be a fake: the Adm. never makes "plans".

stephenb said...

My conspiracy theory: The memo is a fake. I've read several different places that Rumsfeld despises acronyms, never uses them, and doesn't allow them to be used in documents he reads or dictates.

But if it is real, I'm with tjl: It bothers me that classified documents always find their way to the front page of the NYTimes.

Steve Donohue said...

Announce that whatever new approach the U.S. decides on, the U.S. is doing so on a trial basis. This will give us the ability to readjust and move to another course, if necessary, and therefore not “lose.”

I thought this was the most interesting line in the memo.

Ruth Anne Adams said...
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knoxgirl said...

Is anyone troubled by the fact that any government document, no matter how sensitive or confidential, immediately finds its way to the NYT which publishes it in full?

Yes, and I add it to the long list of things the Bush Administration has inadequately handled. They should be on the offensive about this.

Cedarford said...

I have always believed that Rumsfeld may not be the real problem amidst the Bushies in "stay the course". He was always too much of a skeptic and contrarian to lead me to think he turned on the "Believe!!!" light and kept it on for 3 years without questioning it.

There was a messianic certainty, and unwillingness to question assumptions in the Bush Camp - and it just doesn't match Rumsfeld's reputation.

Could be that he was the main culprit in setting up the immediate the postwar mess - but the 3 years after that??

The kiss and tell books that will becoming out - in dribs and drabs now - in a flood after 2008 - will give us a better fix on where mistakes were made, who made them...as well as who was providing the money and organization to undercut the Bushies.

hdhouse said...

of course it never occured to anyone that if you want to take something seriously you leak it to the NYTimes. Do you think these leaks happen by accident? Hello?????

Who would you rather they are leaked to? Rush Limbaugh? Sean Hannity? O'Really?

Until you uber-conservatives come up with a better newspaper that the entire world reads and actually believes because it does try and get the truth and be accurate (ohhh I can hear the neo-con grunting about agenda driven news - ... ha ha. Faux news anyone) then you have to just accept the fact that this administration leaks on purpose and leaks to a media outlet that like the NYT on purpose. The result is:

1. people believe it because it is the Times and
2. neo-cons scream about the Times with no specifics..just the general rightwing ranting...so they have a recourse that says "well the Times is anti-American" or even worse, the Times wants Bush to appear more of an idiot than he is...if that is possible.

Grow up. Did it ever occur to anyone that Rumsfeld was fired as a result of the memo and it is now leaked so various people can CYA for history?

AJ Lynch said...

My guess is the memo is authentic, Rumsfeld saw the ax falling and wanted to get his last two cents in and on the record. That is what most of us would do in the same situation.

And I agree with Knoxgirl and tjl re regular pipeline of classified leaks to NYT. WTF is up with that?

Is anyone enforcing the laws in Washington? Could the DEMS get some mileage out of this stuff by decrying leaks at the same time they mock Bush admin for allowing leaks? Damn right they could.

PatCA said...

"They should be on the offensive about this."


About many things, knoxgirl. It's as if the Reps have just now "got religion." And now they fight wars like an LBJ, dole out entitlements like an FDR, and address notions of culture like Gramsci.

stephenb said...

Ruth Ann Adams: Prior military service??? Not many people know that acronym.

corporate law drudge said...

First, I for one doubt that "any government document, no matter how sensitive or confidential, immediately finds its way to the NYT...."

Second, and perhaps I'm naive, I suspect that the editors of the Times feel in good faith that have a professional rather than a commercial duty to expose the workings of our government to the cleansing light of day when provided material like the Rumsfeld memo.

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stephenb said...

Ruth Ann Adams: Ooh, JAG Corps. I'm headed to law school myself next Fall, and I'm very interested in the JAG Corps.

CB said...

Reading stephenb's comment,

"Prior military service??? Not many people know that acronym,"

I thought, where did Ms. Adams mention PMS?

(vw: dmjrl. I'm sure there's an acronym joke there, but I'm too lazy to try)

Joe said...

If this is genuine, color me impressed. This is one of the most rational approaches to Iraq that I've heard in a long time. Compare this comprehensive set of ideas to the non-ideas of the critics.

Had leading democrats [honestly] presented ideas as cogent as these, I believe they would have received many more votes.

Of course, the core of the memo is in opposition to the Democrat's plan, which was to redeploy troops outside of Iraq. That's it.

Revenant said...

It doesn't sound like Rumsfeld to me, but who knows?

I think it has a lot of useful suggestions in it, though -- whoever wrote it.

Mortimer Brezny said...

Maybe this memo is why Rumsfeld was fired.

Syl said...

Well, I think we've only seen one prior snowflake from Rumsfeld--the one with the known unknowns in it. So I don't think anyone here can judge its authenticity.

But, honestly, I don't doubt it's real. That's just too over the top and Rumsfeld would actually come out and deny it if it were fake.

And I don't think it was leaked on purpose. I mean, it makes Rumsfeld look good, and by extension, Bush, because he hired him and kept him on for so long. So some people believe it just HAS to be fake or leaked on purpose.

By the Sea said...

I worked on Secretary Rumsfeld's personal staff for three years and at least the writing style is consistent with his. He does use acronyms, and especially in snowflakes, those nasty things that come drifting down from his office that ruin your chances of going home on time.

All I can say is based on writing style, it seems authentic.

I also agree the tendency of anything sensitive/classified to show up in the NYT is troubling.

hdhouse said...

Now with nearly a week of hindsight the various neo-cons, hitleryouth, and other right of center fanatics on this board

1. owe the left and generally this country an apology and
2. should be made to read the NYTimes page by page for a year and
3. have channel blocks for FAUX news put on their little TVs and
4. wear tin foil hats so the aliens don't get in your brains again.