Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Ross Douthat of the Atlantic (now, alas, a "premium" website, though free if you subscribe to the print edition) thought it would be enlightening to revisit "Rumsfeld's Rules" for government, business and life, which were posted on the DoD website back in 2001. A generous sampling:
- "Establish good relations between the departments of Defense and State, the National Security Council, CIA and the Office of Management and Budget."
- "Don't divide the world into 'them' and 'us.' Avoid infatuation with or resentment of the press, the Congress, rivals, or opponents. Accept them as facts. They have their jobs and you have yours."
- "Don't do or say things you would not like to see on the front page of the Washington Post."
- "If you foul up, tell the president and correct it fast. Delay only compounds mistakes."
- "Be able to resign. It will improve your value to the president and do wonders for your performance."
- "Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them, and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on."
- "It is easier to get into something than to get out of it."