Rumsfeld Is "Catching Snowflakes" On Countdown

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The Washington Post came out this week with a report on former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld bizarre methodology to communicate with underlings at the Pentagon.

Obviously a big believer in the "trickle down" theory, Rummy would issue forth 20 to 60 memos daily, quaintly dubbed "snowflakes", perhaps in an attempt to de-emphasize the avalanche of paper coming out of his office.

Steve Benen:

There aren't any shocking new revelations, per se, but we do get a sense of an intolerant man with unusually thin skin.[..]

One of the more notable points from the WaPo article is that Rumsfeld, despite leading the Pentagon during two wars, took a very personal interest in newspaper columns that critiqued his job performance.

He was even personally involved in the Defense Department's message development.

And John Edwards was derided for characterizing this White House's bumper sticker mentality. Turns out he was completely right.

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