You've no doubt heard Donald Rumsfeld refer to Sy Hersh's article, in "The New Yorker," revealing the Bush administration's plan to bomb Iran as a trip to "fantasy world." Clearly, the secretary of defense shares his commander-in-chief's penchant for aggravated assault on the spoken word. Arguably, Mr. Rumsfeld might be more effective, and credible, if he were to leave his linguistic exploits to us poets, and turn instead to the business at hand, namely getting us out of a war we had no business being in to begin with, which was, in the best sense of the word, irrelevant, and as much an exercise in futility as any misadventure in combat the human race has ever had the misfortune to witness before.
Whether one agrees with their actions or not, no one can challenge the efficacy of military leadership of Ronald Reagan, and Colin Powell. On the other hand, those in command, in D.C. nowadays clearly demonstrate that the only thing worse than mediocrity is predictability, and combining them may indeed prove fatal to the planet.