Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 15:37:46 EST
From: Ray Close</a>
This was sent to me by a former Agency colleague, who received it from a
friend in the Pentagon. As if we did not have enough to be depressed
about this Christmas! I hate to do this to you good people, but I'm
afraid this is reality. I think the only hope we can have is that
perhaps we will get a chance in 2008 to set this country back on its
feet --- PERHAPS!
Note that the message came from a person in the Pentagon, of all
places! Good luck, Mr. Gates! And enjoy your rest, Mr. Rumsfeld.
Thanks for all you've done for us and for the Iraqis. As Dick Cheney
has reassured all of us --- you have been "the greatest secretary of
defense in the history of our country."
Happy New Year.
Received several interesting emails in recent weeks...........thought I
would share some of the more thoughtful ones.
*IRAQ IMPRESSIONS FROM A SOLDIER ON THE GROUND:*
A lot of you have asked for my current assessment, this is it. I'm not an
expert and I admit that I often miss the "big picture". My Brigadier, a
Brit, often reminds me of that, as does one of the local State Department
weinies, an oxygen thief of the highest magnitude. I remind the Brigadier
that the "troubles" in Ireland were only going to take a year to solve,
weren't they? I'm not a "big picture" guy, I'm a "sight picture" guy, so my
apologies to you deep thinkers. Me I prefer the "Bull" Halsey form of
mission statement. When he was asked by the press in 1944 what his mission
was, he replied, "Kill Japs, kill Japs and kill more Japs.". If only we had
that kind of clarity today.
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