Johnny vs. Rummy


I know many of our readers will chalk this up to The New York Times' liberal/corporate/interventionist/conservative/antiwar/pro-establishment/big-government/America-hating bias, but why the Grey Lady's full-court press against Secretary Rumsfeld? Not only is Rummy "fending off sharp criticism," he's got "officers on the Iraqi battlefield" complaining about insufficient manpower and "skeptics, who include some of the leading former Army commanders from the last war with Iraq," second-guessing him. I've always enjoyed Rumsfeld's look—he could have played one of Fredric March's bosses at the bank in The Best Years of Our Lives. Also of note: Jack Shafer's take on Times coverage, whose subtitle—When Johnny Apple says we're thwarted, we must be on the verge of winning—says it all.