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by Joshua Foust on 7/13/2011 · 8 comments

From the Rumsfeld Files, August 20, 2005. Full text below:

April 20, 2005
SUBJECT: Petraeus

I want to consider putting Petraeus in charge of an activity that has supervision
over all DoD training and equipping, all over the world, when he completes his
full tour in Iraq.

In the meantime, we might want to send Petraeus into Afghanistan to take a look
at what is going on and to see if we should transfer some of the things we’re doing
in Iraq to Afghanistan. We might also have Eikenberry go into Iraq, take a look at
what they are doing there, and get briefed before he goes into Afghanistan to take

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CE July 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I don’t get it.

jonathan p July 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm

CE, I guess you and I are of the unwashed.

nyet July 13, 2011 at 3:30 pm
CE July 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

yeeeeaah…nope; still nothing.

Unless…the memo is meant to display the child-like buffoonery of Rumsfeld’s personnel and managerial skills, or perhaps attribute to him the laughable notion that whatever tactical and strategic lessons could be gleaned from OIF would, on the off chance, be applicable to OEF?

Steve C July 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

The latter, I believe. It has been one of Josh’s pet peeves for quite some time.

The memo seems to indicate that the great Rummy was as clueless about Afghanistan as he was about Iraq.

Johnny Matrix July 14, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Concur…if strategic influencers were pawns to the man, then what were the Soldiers / Marines to him?

Also in other news, Googled Jimmy Choo footwear…wow

ER July 15, 2011 at 1:04 pm

makes sense to me, I don’t see what the problem is

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