One of the advantages of working at a talk radio station is that I get to hear how the typical reporter is presenting the news that most non-WaPo or NYTimes reading Americans get.
The lede on the Rumsfeld memo story today is “Don Rumsfeld Questions America’s Ability To Fight The War on Terror.” The average listener is going to hear “Rumsfeld thinks we’re losing, too!”
And that’s a true shame, because if the print reports on the memo (first reported by the USA Today) are correct, Rumsfeld is doing exactly what Americans should want him to do: He’s asking the tough questions.
He questions how to measure progress against an Islamic militia movement we can’t see; how to tell if Muslims are moving toward more violence or away from it; whether we’re even using all of the tools available to win the “long, hard slog” that is the war.
“My impression is that we have not yet made truly bold moves, although we have made many sensible, logical moves in the right direction, but are they enough?”
Please, Don Rumsfeld, keep asking. And please, war supporters in the media, we need to give him the cover he needs and deserves.