The Kids are Fighting in Bush’s House!

Looks like Rummy and Rice have a problem.  I almost fell out of my chair when I heard Condoleeza Rice say that "I know we've made tactical errors, thousands of them I'm sure, but when you look back in history, what will be judged is, did you make the right strategic decisions."  I disagree with her view on the strategic decisions but to have her actually make this comment should make it obvious that the kids are fighting in Bush's 'family'.  Donald Rumsfeld's tactic is to make her look dumb: "I don't know what she was talking about, to be perfectly honest."   Does his being 'perfectly honest' give his statements more credence than hers?  He goes on, explaining why she doesn't know what she's talking about:  "If someone says, well, that's a tactical mistake, then I guess it's a lack of understanding, at least my understanding, of what warfare is about."  Rumsfeld continues, "Why? Because the enemy's got a brain; the enemy watches what you do and then adjusts to that, so you have to constantly adjust and change your tactics, your techniques and your procedures." Well Donny boy, you've finally said something I agree with.  When someone [you] jumps into a situation which you, in your arrogance know nothing about [Iraq] even though you think you do,  and not only lack insight into the possibilities surrounding the situation but refuse to accept that there even are possibilities beyond the scenario you have painted, you are at the mercy of the reactionaries.  All they have to do is sit back and see what you are doing and then pop in a surprise.  Of course the enemy will adjust!  You, however, have simply perpetuated the concreteness of your original war plan, too few troops, too little security, lack of control, poor management, and the Iraqis, who were at the mercy of both sides, are now just trying to stay alive (see Drudge Retort). Don't worry though,  I'm sure you were right in April of 2003 when you said,  "It's untidy, and freedom's untidy.  Free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.  They're also free to live their lives and do wonderful things."  For those who need a reminder of how things were going at that time see The Guardian.