Unlike most wars, which make rotten fiction in themselves — all plot and no characters, or made-up characters — Vietnam seems to be the perfect mix: the characters make the war, and the war unmakes the characters. The gods, fates, furies had a relatively small hand in it. The mess was man-made, a synthetic, by think tank out of briefing session.
From Department of Defense news briefing, February 12, 2002 .Donald Rumsfeld
Let's hear it for the essential daily briefing, however hollow and empty it might be. We'll do it.Donald Rumsfeld
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