To whom it may concern,
It was with much interest I watched the secretaryâ€™s speech. While some of the points made by Mr. Rumsfeld were indeed salient, I felt many were misplaced. The secretary seems to feel that to question the administrationâ€™s tactics or policies is tantamount to appeasement of terrorists. This is not true. Mr. Rumsfeld also seems to believe all action amounts to progress. This is also not true. Every American feels strongly that terrorism must be fought bravely and intelligently. The reality is that if weâ€™re missing one of these elements it plays into the terrorists hands. If Iâ€™m being charitable, I would say the Bush administration executes its policies with only one of these attributes.
A majority of the nation feels the war in Iraq was a mistake. They also fail to see the connection between Iraq and the general war on terror. When Mr. Rumsfeld chooses to insult and belittle the people who he supposedly has been appointed to protect and serve he does himself and the nation a disservice. Contrary opinions in an open society must be tolerated and considered, not condemned and disregarded out of hand. Furthermore, as many distinguished military leaders have also questioned Mr. Rumfeldâ€™s decisions he insults the institution which is charged with carrying out his orders. I fail to see how that can be considered anything but counterproductive.
Instead of making speeches that lash out at his critics, Mr. Rumsfeld should instead be spending his time formulating a plan for a successful conclusion to the war in Iraq. Before the war started, he stated plainly he didnâ€™t expect it to â€˜last six months.â€™ He also stated they â€˜knew where the weapons were.â€™ It was nearly three years ago that this predicted timeline expired. No weapons of mass destruction were ever found. For those reasons alone the secretary is in no position to answer his critics with charges of â€œintellectual confusionâ€ or that we â€œhave still not learned historyâ€™s lessons.â€ From what weâ€™ve seen of his tenure, those charges more appropriately should be leveled at the secretary himself.
- Roger Hall