Saturday, February 15, 2003
Would someone please put a muzzle on that loose cannon?
Want to lose friends and influence no one? Looks like Rummy is your man:
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's cranky frankness made him a star in a bland administration, but now his periodic slaps at Europe are being blamed by some for adding to the administration's difficulties in recruiting a coalition to confront Iraq.
...when Rumsfeld dismissed France and Germany as "old Europe" last month, and provocatively included Germany with Libya and Cuba as "three or four countries that have said they won't do anything" to assist in reconstructing a postwar Iraq, his comments offered a measure of vindication for Europeans who contend that Bush has no interest in working with officials who do not instantly agree with him.
Maybe someone needs to explain to Old Man Rummy that those aren't "damn kids" and they aren't on "his lawn."