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Who Tried to Do All That?

If one were to collate not only President Obama’s references to the problems of change at the Pentagon, but also the concrete proposals of Secretary Gates to increase Special Forces, skepticism of big-ticket and possibly redundant weapons systems, and efforts to reform the procurement processes, and if one were to listen to the current concerns about the unwillingness of “Old Europe” to support NATO efforts in Afghanistan, one might think that present policy and concerns were simply a rehashing of the things Donald Rumsfeld tried to do (and often accomplished). And all this is in a time of relative quiet, when we are not rushing to respond to something of the magnitude of 9/11. 

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