The Wisdom of Rummy

Almost 20 years ago, in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I had the opportunity to meet the late Donald Rumsfeld. Say about him what you will, but he was great with the troops and, despite being the US Secretary of Defense, spoke to us all well and treated us as equals. He came off as “one of the guys” and didn’t want any special perks. He even tried to wave off a personal security detail (PSD) as he insisted on walking a few hundred meters to a large outdoor speaking engagement. He indeed walked, PSD alert and close by, chatting with soldiers the entire time.

Why mention him at this time? In this instance, because of one particular quote of his. He said,

“You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin would have been smart to take in this nugget of wisdom.