Before I left work Tuesday evening, I got an email from my wife asking me to pick up some things from the grocery store on the way home. You know, some grape tomatoes, some tortellini, pasta sauce, a few cucumbers ... no big deal. Then I get home and see that Matt Yglesias has posted an item on the most magical foreign policy memo in U.S. history, where then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld basically asked his undersecretary for policy, Douglas Feith, to go and solve all of the world's thorny geopolitical situations with all the casualness of the grocery list my wife had sent me.
Yes, that's right: the memo -- available with many others in Rumsfeld's new online document archive -- is titled "Issues w/ Various Countries," and basically takes the easygoing tone of someone who basically wants to have the TPS reports on his desk by Monday morning, except that in this case, "TPS" stands for "Trouble in Pakistan, Solve."
This is probably an excellent time to remind you that Douglas Feith was a man who CENTCOM commander Gen. Tommy Franks once referred to as "the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth." You normally wouldn't trust the guy to bring home the tortellini. Over at the Village Voice, Joe Coscarelli has more.
Donald Rumsfeld Presents The Greatest Memo Of All Time [Matt Yglesias]
Donald Rumsfeld Memo: Super Dumb! [Runnin' Scared @ The Village Voice]
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