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  •  Too subtle! and a bit derivative. (none)
    Occams Razor.

    It'r RUMMY - simultaneously lowering the goalposts AND  doing a bit of CYA and he games the system.

    When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane. - Herman Hesse

    by jpwillis on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 01:13:14 AM PDT

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    •  Oh, I don't doubt for a moment ... (none)
      ... that Rumsfeld would like to "disassociate" himself from the worst run war ever, it's just that there is no way he can do that. This will be dumped on his doorstep and all over him fairly shortly.

      It's been a fracas from day one, and all due to his hubris.

      But going by just one word, though used by him, is slight evidence. He launched the term "robust" for instance, which is now being used by just about everyone who wants to be in on the lingo. Likewise, his term absorb/absorption could have been picked up, or used to divert attention from the true source.

      However, Rumsfeld is in trouble now. The Struggle against/War on terror dispute had him crying uncle when Bush told him to get things straight; Rice is taking authority away from a DoD gone blind and Iraq is going down the drain.

      In the near future, Rumsfeld's madman charge on Baghdad will be called what it truly is: one of the most unwise military maneuvers ever. Why? You do not race deep into enemy territory, commence to do what the US has been doing inside that territory, and then expose your personnel to the possibility that any morning now, three million Iraqis could be coming for your soldiers, and they are far away from home.
      (But that was a diversion).

      As you will see from my Sig-line, I am no Rumsfeld fan.

      "I don't do quagmires, and my boss doesn't do nuance."

      by SteinL on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 03:22:05 AM PDT

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      •  Just to pick nits... (none)
        "Robust" has been around longer than Rummy.

        It's been common in the software industry for at least 20 years, and is a pretty straight translation from the German robuster.

        Not that it's very important, but I use the word and the thought that I have something in common with Rumsfeld, well, I was already nauseated after last night, but that's just ralph inducing.

        "What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite." - Bertrand Russell

        by Mad Dog Rackham on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 07:09:33 AM PDT

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        •  I'm not saying he invented it ... (none)
          But Rumsfeld uses it liberally. "Robust response" - "robust attack", etc.

          And it became catchword used by commentators and others who wanted to make it apparent they were in on DoD speak.

          "I don't do quagmires, and my boss doesn't do nuance."

          by SteinL on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 08:30:29 AM PDT

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        •  I know exactly how you feel (none)
          about having something in common with Rumsfeld. When I read in the Post that he owns a dachshund, I shrieked with the pain of association.

          If Jesus came back and saw what's going on in His name, He'd never stop throwing up. -- Frederick, in "Hannah and her Sisters"

          by Hastur on Sun Aug 14, 2005 at 08:38:25 AM PDT

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