Topic: "Zinni in Bloom (2)"
William Westmoreland was an ass. Despite the impressive accomplishments of military leaders throughout the history of the United States, Frodo, like so many of his peers, only saw Westmoreland. The disdain in which he held the US Military was shared by a generation who also focused on the ineptitude of this witless bumblefuck. Frodo fears that much the same will occur in years to come when today's young people look back on the political leadership of George W. Bush.
General Andrew Zinni, USMC (Ret), appeared on "Meet the Press" yesterday and called for the resignation of the Secretary of Defense. This evening, Zinni appeared on "Hardball" with Chris Matthews, and he was asked to expand on his remarks of the previous day. It should be noted at this point that the gallant Braves were entering the ninth inning holding a slim lead over the Visigoths from Los Angeles on another channel. Frodo was torn asunder.
Zinni expressed the philosophical analytical skills of Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin looking back at Lincoln. Zinni pointed to the untested assumptions which were applied to support arguments not supported by fact. The blame was clearly placed as he had indicated previously. The question was raised as to why Donald Rumsfeld held this job in the first place? Here, Frodo, would have made headlines had he been asked the same question:
"Chris, it is common knowledge that George W. Bush had limited exposure outside the United States when he became President. If you'll remember, reporters had hit him pretty hard asking him to identify many of the most important political leaders of other nations. He failed miserably, if you'll recall."
"Yes, Mr. Frodo, I remember that his supporters rallied to his defense and called the reporters 'biased'."
"Well, Frodo believes that Rumsfeld was hand-picked by Cheney to provide specific experience to the Administration of George W. Bush."
"Now, Mr. Frodo, look at Powell. . ."
"Powell, Schmowell, he wasn't one of the inner circle, and he wasn't somebody that Rove and Company trusted at all. Rummy was the guy who could do the job and make the Moron look like he knew what he was doing."
"Moron? Now come on Mr. Frodo, that's pretty strong talk. . ."
"Hey, isn't this supposed to be Hardball?"