All eyes are on Donald Rumsfeld’s candid memo to his subordinates that was leaked to USA Today. One of the huge problems I’ve had with this administration is that it seems to start with conclusions and then looks for facts to support them. This memo stands in opposition to that, and I think that’s a good thing. I’m no fan of Donald Rumsfeld, but he is the Secretary of Defense right now, and I’m glad to see that he’s not fooling himself with the same load of crap that we get from the public faces of the administration. The “war on terror” is not an unmitigated success, and we do need to do better. The fact that Rumsfeld shares that assessment is good news, at least from where I sit. Hopefully this leak won’t prevent him from writing similar memos in the future. In my imagination, Colin Powell is writing similar memos about how we need to repair our relationships with our friends so that they help us achieve our goals.