September 04, 2009

What Abu Muqawama Is Reading This Weekend

I'll be reading LTG (ret.) Dubik's report on building security forces (.pdf). My mother, meanwhile -- who thinks you guys curse too much but once sent me off to war with the immortal line "Just don't embarass your family" -- sent along the quote of the week from old D. D. Eisenhower himself, who was speaking in reference to a certain red-baiting senator from his own party:

It is difficult indeed to maintain a reasoned and accurately informed understanding of our (defense) situation on the part of our citizenry when many prominent officials, possessing no standing or expertness as they themselves claim it, attempt to further their own ideas or interests by resorting to statements more distinguished by stridency than by accuracy.