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What Rummy was doing on the day before September 11, 2001. Commentary lifted from Jeremy Scahill's Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, the first pages of the introduction.

On September 10, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld was addressing the Pentagon officials in charge of overseeing defense contracting. Many of the officials Rumsfeld addressed were former corporate executives from Enron, Northrup Gumman, General Dynamics, Aerospace Corporation, etc., and Rumsfeld tells them that the number one threat against America is the Pentagon bureacracy because of its "central planning," "five-year plans," governance "across time zones, continents, oceans and beyond."

Rumsfeld called for dumping the old structures of the Department of Defense, (DOD), in favor of a streamlined version modeled on corporate structures, a "lean and mean" military using hi-tech warfare technology.

No contingency plans, no "Plan B" in case "Plan A" failed, a nice little fairy tale based on the Straussian lala logic embodied in the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) Statement of Principles.  

Oh, the grandiose plans of PNAC. Challenging hostile governments, advancing democratic and economic freedom, a strategic vision of America's role in the world, advancing American global leadership, creating a new century favorable to American principles and interests.

The glory-drunken creators of PNAC invoked Reagan:

a military that is strong and ready to meet both present and future challenges; a foreign policy that boldly and purposefully promotes American principles abroad; and national leadership that accepts the United States' global responsibilities.

Of course, central to PNAC's plan is the Middle East and control of its immense energy resources. Although, it was not baldly stated as such. It didn't sound noble to openly lust after the oil of Iraq, Iran, the oil of other nations in the region.

And Iraq has been a graphic illustration of what happens when you don't have "five-year plans," "central planning," accountability and governance "across time zones, continents, oceans and beyond."

Originally posted to Karen Hedwig Backman on Mon Sep 24, 2007 at 08:56 AM PDT.

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