In this Wired piece, he calls him “my favorite Bush administration figure”:
Rummy thinks outside the box. He talks in aphorisms, adages, and apothegms, rather like a magazine columnist. So I find it hard not to like him.
Essentially, he thinks the main problem with the administration is that they don’t follow Rumsfeld’s maxims closely enough.
“(T)op officials are worried by repeated failures to find the proof – and US intelligence agencies are engaged in a struggle to avoid the blame. Guardian-Observer/UK
And: “The Bush administration has changed its tune on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, the reason it went to war there. Instead of looking for vast stocks of banned materials, it is now pinning its hopes on finding documentary evidence. The change in rhetoric, apparently designed in part to dampen public expectations, has unfolded gradually in the past month as special U.S. military teams have found little to justify the administration’s claim that Iraq (news – web sites) was concealing vast stocks of chemical and biological agents and was actively working on a covert nuclear weapons program.” Yahoo! News
“Jason Burke, a world expert on international terrorism, says those leading the war against the bombers misunderstand the true nature of al-Qaeda… Al-Qaeda, conceived of as a tight-knit terrorist group with cadres and a capability everywhere, does not exist in that form. It barely existed before the war in Afghanistan in 2001 destroyed Osama bin Laden’s carefully constructed infrastructure there. It certainly does not exist now. Instead, we are facing a different kind of threat. Al-Qaeda can only be understood as an ideology, an agenda and a way of seeing the world that is shared by an increasing number of predominantly young, predominantly male Muslims. Eliminating bin Laden and a few hundred senior activists will do nothing to counter this al-Qaeda. Hundreds more will come forward to fill their ranks. Al-Qaeda, however understood, will continue to operate. The threat will remain and it will grow.” Guardian-Observer/UK [thanks, adam]
On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction reviewed: “How do you get science into literature? (Let’s skip the argument over whether this is a good thing to do.) There would seem to be two different ways. The first is to be a writer of literature with a grasp of science…The second way of getting science into literature is to be a scientist who happens to have a literary gift…
Karl Iagnemma is a research scientist at M.I.T. who specializes in robotics. He is also the author of short stories that have won a Paris Review Discovery Prize and a Pushcart Prize; another of his stories appeared in ”Best American Short Stories 2002.” Such honors amount to a series of presumably independent judgments by the literary establishment that Iagnemma is indeed a man with a literary gift — a verdict from which I would not dissent. But how well does he use this gift to illumine the scientific mind?” NY Times Book Review
“The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has delayed for the second time a vote on the promotion of an Army general who commanded a base where a gay soldier was beaten to death by a fellow soldier. The delay gives the committee more time to consider the general’s responsibility for what happened.
Maj. Gen. Robert T. Clark was commander of Fort Campbell, Ky., in 1999, when Pfc. Barry Winchell, 21, was bludgeoned to death in his barracks at the end of a beer-soaked evening.
Private Winchell’s mother, Patricia Kutteles …said that he should not be promoted. “He doesn’t have the command authority or responsibility,” Mrs. Kutteles said. “The promotion would be another obstacle in the way of everything we have tried to do to honor our son.” NY Times
“There are plenty of boring Web logs out there, online diaries whose authors dutifully recount their thoughts and actions in excruciating detail. But Dave Walker, a 32-year-old cartoonist and Web editor from Cookham, England, has claimed the distinction of writing ‘The Dullest Blog in the World.’ ” NY Times