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May 10, 2004

Rumsfeld's Rules

As
Rubyan says, sack Rumsfeld for breaking his own rules (really), the rat fink.
Serving in the White House (from a WSJ 2001 editorial).
(for the White House chief of staff and senior staff)
 
* Don't accept the post or stay unless you have an understanding with the president that you're free to tell him what you think “with the bark off” and you have the courage to do it.

* Visit with your predecessors from previous administrations. They know the ropes and can help you see around some corners. Try to make original mistakes, rather than needlessly repeating theirs.

* Don't begin to think you're the president. You're not. The Constitution provides for only one.

* In the execution of presidential decisions work to be true to his views, in fact and tone.

* Know that the immediate staff and others in the administration will assume that your manner, tone and tempo reflect the president's.
 
* Learn to say “I don't know.” If used when appropriate, it will be often.
 
* If you foul up, tell the president and correct it fast. Delay only compounds mistakes.
 
* Walk around. If you are invisible, the mystique of the president's office may perpetuate inaccurate impressions about you or the president, to his detriment. After all, you may not be as bad as they're saying.

* In our system leadership is by consent, not command. To lead, a president must persuade. Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking. They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership.

* Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small.
 
* Preserve the president's options. He may need them.

* It is easier to get into something than to get out of it.
There's more. Oh god, there's more.

And Cheney says he's the best SeCofDef ever? I guess right after McNamara on the death scale of American life.

Talk about your hyperbole. Fucking idiots the pair of them. Arrogant fucking idiots.