Insane, incompetent, and arrogant. That's our Rumsfeld.
When two investigators from the DoD's office of the Inspector General asked him to take an oath before testifying to them, he said "I find it strange". Why were they talking to him? Oh, just a little matter of nearly wasting $30 billion leasing new tanker aircraft from Boeing that the Pentagon's own experts said weren't needed.
And what did dear Rummy testify? Largely about how little attention he pays to procurement.
The issue is relevant because a series of reports, including others by the inspector general and by the Government Accountability Office, indicate that five years into the Bush administration, the department's system of buying new weapons is broken and dysfunctional.
DOD is simply not positioned to deliver high-quality products in a timely and cost-effective fashion,the comptroller general of the United States, David M. Walker, said in a little-noticed April 5 critique. The Pentagon, he said, hasa long-standing track record of over-promising and un-delivering with virtual impunity.
Rumsfeld is a former business executive and White House official who published a set ofRumsfeld's Rulesthat include the injunction:Be precise – a lack of precision is dangerous.But when investigators asked him whether he had approved the Boeing tanker lease in May 2003 -- despite widespread violations of Pentagon and government-wide procurement rules along the way -- Rumsfeld said:I don't remember approving it. But I certainly don't remember not approving it, if you will.
The only rational conclusion is that a significant part of his job just isn't important to the Secretary.
Save the country. Impeach them all. Do it now.