"I think it's almost inappropriate to look at dollars. I think that - that transformation is not an event; it is a process. It is something that involves a mind set, an attitude, a culture. It is something that, for example, might not even involve a new weapons system. It might just be the connectivity among existing weapons systems. It might be a different way of organizing or fighting, as we found in Afghanistan."
A different way of organizing or fighting. THAT's what we found in Afghanistan? Could Rumsfeld please be more specific. To anyone who was paying attention, it looked like we bombed the shit out of the Taliban and moved in when it was "safest," worked with the locals to organize a little "urban warfare" in the ruins, then swept up the dust.
Afghanistan is the fifth poorest nation in the world and about the size of Texas. It had virtually no airforce and few armored vehicles. And had a "fighting force" of only 10-20,000. But we unleashed how many thousands of bombs from combat jets and B52s, and cruise missles on them? We used how many intelligence-collecting drones and satellites? Coordinated operations on how many outlying bases and ships?
In the Taliban camp, they had a few computers, but probably not a single network; and their "imaging technology" was no more sophisticated than a home video camera. Their most complex communication system was comprised of cellphones, which were taken out in a matter of hours! Please!
Compared to the countries overrun by the Germans in World War II, Afghanistan was nothing. Not even a blip on the radar against US fire power. If we learned anything in Afghanistan it's that we can count on whipping the ass of any country about 100,000 times weaker than ourselves. We had our Blitzkrieg!
Of course, you might say Rummy just mentioned the Blitzkrieg to illustrate the notion of military upgrading. But how can we overlook the fact that, when they made those changes, the Germans were preparing an aggressive war of destruction and conquest? Or the fact that, despite Germany's technological superiority at the beginning of World War II, Britain held fast with sharply reduced resources, and that ultimately the "most powerful" fell? Is Rummy urging us to *admire* Hitler's army?
Mrs. Rumsfeld, will you please slap Donald--hard!--when he comes in tonight?