Thursday, October 23, 2003
Marginal Marginalia
Rumsfeld's gaffe is earning him a lot of new liberal friends around the block, mostly because his hesitations seem so at odds with the bravado broadcasted from the White House on all frequencies around the clock. It's reassuring to note that top senior administration officials don't plan war strategy in "bring 'em on" sessions huddled around an X-Box.

Note, though, that this intimate aside and the undercurrent of dialogue it denotes does not indicate any thought given to liberal/Democratic considerations. His key point, really:
Are the changes we have and are making too modest and incremental? My impression is that we have not yet made truly bold moves, although we have have made many sensible, logical moves in the right direction, but are they enough?
And if you think about how Rumsfeld and the rest of the Bush administration have approached foreign policy in the Middle East, this can be read as one gloomy portent. If "shock and awe" wasn't a bold move, I shudder to think about what's really going on in Rumsfeld's head.

'Cause "bold move" probably doesn't include fruity international alliances.