More Rummy revelations

It is well known in Washington that Don Rumsfeld is not an easy man to work with. But I hadn't realized quite how absurdly obstinate he could be until I read this extract from Bob Woodward's book: Last year, in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans with devastating effect, Bush decided more troops ...

It is well known in Washington that Don Rumsfeld is not an easy man to work with. But I hadn't realized quite how absurdly obstinate he could be until I read this extract from Bob Woodward's book:

It is well known in Washington that Don Rumsfeld is not an easy man to work with. But I hadn't realized quite how absurdly obstinate he could be until I read this extract from Bob Woodward's book:

Last year, in the days after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans with devastating effect, Bush decided more troops were needed and asked Card to relay the message to Rumsfeld.

"You know I don't report to you," Rumsfeld said.

"I know you don't report to me," Card replied. "You report to the president. But believe me, he would like you to do this."

"I'm not going to do it unless the president tells me," Rumsfeld told the chief of staff. Too many strains and obligations were being placed on the National Guard.

Card protested that he had just talked to the president, who had made an absolute decision."Then he's going to have to tell me," Rumsfeld said.

"Hey," the president said to Card later. "Rumsfeld called me up. I thought you were going to handle that."

No wonder Andy Card tried desperately to persuade the president to replace him.

James Forsyth is assistant editor at Foreign Policy.

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