RE: Rumsfeld - On Systems & The Global Condition
Today, Marvin directed readers to view and hear Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's comments today in response to a sailor's question of who the enemy is and why they are an enemy. [Special thanks to reader Maria for sharing the link with us and others.] Watching the first two-thirds of his response, I kept thinking of Marvin's own Commentary published Thursday regarding the same topic. Though Marvin is too modest to reference his own writing, his thoughts on who the enemy is - and equally important, who is not the enemy - are compelling. For readers who found value in Secretary Rumsfeld's words today, you may likely find value in Marvin's as well in Fighting The Long War.
Perhaps the most compelling part of Secretary Rumsfeld's response came about two-thirds of the way through. If you did not watch the whole 8 minutes the first time, consider revisiting the video and fast-forwarding to about the two-thirds point, beginning where he says, "The idea that the reason there are problems in the world is the United States is balogna. We are not what's wrong with the world."
While that is a powerful statement in itself, it is his explanatory analogy that is perhaps the finest concise example of spoken clarity on the issue of prosperity and poverty in the global condition. He uses North and South Korea, with the same people and the same resources. Yet one starves and the other is the 12th most prosperous economy on the planet. The difference, he points out, is not people or resources, it is the system of a free democratic government and a free and open economy on one hand, and a dictatorial regime and command economy on the other.
If you missed it, be sure to go back and watch.