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The Blogspot archive of the weblog of J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics and Chair of the PEIS major at U.C. Berkeley, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

Monday, December 04, 2006

This Week in Spencer Ackerman Weekly...

Spencer Ackerman reads the Weekly Standard's Giant Self-Parody Issue. Of course, every edition of the Weekly Standard is a Gigantic Self-Parody Issue. Here we have a lament about the betrayal of George W. Bush, that Little Nell of Presidents, by that Snidely Whiplash of Defense Secretaries, Donald Rumsfeld:

toohotfortnr: I didn't know what to make of the Rumsfeld memo on Iraq until I read Daniel McKivergan's post. Here McKivergan spits hot fire:

If Rumsfeld didn't agree with the "clear, hold and build" strategy, fine. He should have stepped aside and handed over the keys to the Pentagon to someone who supported the new strategy....

For years, Rumsfeld pursued his own agenda in Iraq. He denied things were getting worse. He ignored calls for more troops and dismissed those critical of his conduct of the war. Rumsfeld now suggests that the US "go minimalist" in Iraq. Unfortunately for the president, his defense secretary has followed a "minimalist" approach in Iraq since March 2003. And here we are...

And now, let us all join Spencer Ackerman in chorus:

If only the czar knew!

For six years, Bush had no idea that his Defense Secretary was an agent of internal subversion!...

McKivergan for SecDef!


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