War on Bureaucracy

The topic today is an adversary that poses a threat, a serious threat, to the security of the United States of America. This adversary is one of the world’s last bastions of central planning. It governs by dictating five-year plans. From a single capital, it attempts to impose its demands across time zones, continents, oceans and beyond. With brutal consistency, it stifles free thought and crushes new ideas. It disrupts the defense of the United States and places the lives of men and women in uniform at risk.

Perhaps this adversary sounds like the former Soviet Union, but that enemy is gone: our foes are more subtle and implacable today. You may think I’m describing one of the last decrepit dictators of the world. But their day, too, is almost past and they cannot match the strength and size of this adversary.

The adversary’s closer to home. It’s the Pentagon bureaucracy.…

Today, we declare war on bureaucracy.

~ Donald Rumsfeld (1932-07-09 age:85) 2001-09-10 source

Note the date. The following day, some sort of aircraft or missile struck the Pentagon killing 125 Pentagon bureaucrats.