Rumsfeld's Rules

We got an e-mail this morning from Pentagon producer Mary Walsh, alerting us to a legendary piece of Rumsfeldiana: the Rumsfeld Rules. The rules were expanded into book form and became required reading for those who worked for Rumsfeld. As Rummy wrote in the Wall Street Journal when these appeared in 2001:
Many of these rules, reflections and quotations came from my role as chairman of the "transition team" for President Ford and my service as White House chief of staff. Others came from experiences as a U.S. naval aviator, a member of Congress, ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, secretary of defense, presidential Middle East envoy, business executive, chairman of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Threat Commission, and other experiences.

These reflections and quotations have been gathered over the past 40 years. Credit is given where known. As the quotation has it, "If it's not true, it's still well founded." -- Unknown

If you haven't read these, check 'em out. The rules, I think, help shed light on Washington -- and on the departing Defense Secretary.