Monday, December 27, 2004

Donald Rumsfeld's Record

Do you think maybe the naysayers of Mr. Rumsfeld have a bit of the sour grapes cause he stepped on some of their pork barrel toes?

A brief review of Mr. Rumsfeld's record is in order to remind his critics why. He has rebuilt the U.S. military, which has freed 50 million people from tyranny, decimated al Qaeda, won two wars and is busily consolidating the second of those.

After the large drawdowns of the 1990s, Mr. Rumsfeld's efforts to get uniformed personnel out of civilian Pentagon jobs boosted Army troop levels by 30,000. None of his critics concede it, but those 30,000 alleviated the need for a draft. He killed unnecessary defense systems like the Crusader artillery piece against the wishes of congressional pork-barrelers and the special interests.

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