Unclassified Annoyance

A new report on Rumsfeld’s new plan to overhaul U.S. military bases overseas pulled the report from its commission’s website.

Why? The Pentagon set up a roar that the report “divulged classified information.”

Hmmmm. The government-appointed panel says that’s not true — the information in the 262-page report was based entirely on public sources.

What’s not so classified: Inside sources say Rumsfeld wanted the report removed from the public eye because he was annoyed over harsh criticism of his plan. Specifically, the commission found “no evidence of an overwhelming strategic or operational imperative” to handle the redeployment as quickly as Rumsfeld had planned.


Note to Rumsfeld: Hiding bad news doesn’t make it disappear.