The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Monday, June 21, 2010

Unknown unknowns
Tom Smith

One of the things the writer evidently does not know how to do, and may not know he does not know it, is how to say what he has to say in only approximately as many words as necessary.  However, it is still interesting and the bank robber story is deeply amusing.

And he is also evidently one of those people who think that "Rumsfeld" is a kind of evil talisman that causes all that that person said or thought to be dumb or wrong.  How dumb would you have to be to think that way?  Truth is where you find it.  I'm sure Nero, Hitler, Mao, pick your monster, had all sorts of clever insights and accurate perceptions in addition to their wicked actions.  It's not as if being on the proscribed list of the New York Times turns one into a 100 percent reliable falsehood producer.  Even the New York Times is not always wrong.  They are that unreliable.

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It's also interesting that the comments both illustrate the article and tell you something about who still reads the New York Times these days. Comment 9 ("Wow..this might have been bush's problem all along!") is recommended by 110 readers. Comment 15 ("Could this explain the tea baggers? Has Mr. Dunning tried to test his theories on people by political affiliation?") is recommended by 53 readers.

Posted by: elektratig | Jun 22, 2010 3:05:00 AM

Rumsfeld was one of the few people in the public sphere who told things straight and square, in language generally understandable by moderately intelligent laymen.

Posted by: km | Jun 22, 2010 7:51:37 AM

This is right out of Wellington's thoughts on the art of war. It all turns on what you know and don't know about the other side of the hill.

Posted by: Lou Gots | Jun 22, 2010 8:50:37 AM

Pursue your object, be it what it will, steadily and indefatigably.

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