Re: Rumsfeld Says He May Drop New Office of Influence

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Date: Wed Feb 27 2002 - 03:08:20 GMT

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    > > On Tuesday, February 26, 2002, at 01:39 , Lawrence DeBivort wrote:
    > >
    > > > what we are doing - Afghanistan, "war on terrorism" language,
    > > > Ashcroft legal actions, emphasis on hardening US targets rather than
    > > > defusing terrorist motivation -- all of this is stupid and
    > >
    > > Can you point to an _unstupid_ national policy and actions,
    > > anywhere in the world? We all want enlightened leaders, but
    > > really, I personally don't know of any government anywhere that
    > > is a shining example of non-stupidity.
    > >
    > > And I'm _not_ trying to wave any flags.
    > >
    ><< People want a saviour, not a fake... people want savour not faith,
    >that is my opinion....
    Stupid and intelligent are relative terms, not absolutes. Any
    administration in any government will be relatively more or less stupid or
    intelligent than any other. The policy a government turns out is the result
    of input by hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals with differing goals
    and opinions. The resulting policy will not represent the exact desire of
    any of them. After hearing from the Joint chiefs of Staff, the CIA, the
    NSA, the president's cabinet and all the congressmen and senators and their
    advisors, not to mention lobbyists for all the major businesses and state
    agencies, a policy will be put together by a staff and the president will
    endorse it. Is it any wonder that what comes out of all that looks more
    like a camel than a horse? (From the old saying that a camel is just a
    horse designed by a committee.) It's a wonder that modern governments are
    able to formulate policy at all, let alone come up with something that makes


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