There’s one thing we know about Doug “Fucking Stupidest Guy on the Face of the Earth” Feith: he’s not afraid to make stark moral judgments.
For instance, here’s Feith in a 2002 speech:
However much the language of morality elicits sniffs from some of our sophisticated critics abroad and at home, we donâ€™t flinch from using it. Moral clarity is a strategic asset.
Here’s a bit of his 2003 article “Strategy and the Idea of Freedom”:
President Reaganâ€™s talk of democracy and good-versus-evil and his exhortation to tear down the Berlin Wall were widely criticized, even ridiculed, as unsophisticated and de-stabilizing. But itâ€™s now widely understood as having contributed importantly to the greatest victory in world history…
God, I can’t wait until he finds out about this new Washington Post op-ed, with its moral relativism and mealy-mouthed equivocation! I bet he’s going to EXCORIATE it!
Rumsfeld is a bundle of paradoxes, like a fascinating character in a work of epic literature. And as my high school teachers drummed into my head, the best literature reveals that humans are complex. They are not the all-good or all-bad, all-brilliant or all-dumb figures that inhabit trashy novels and news stories. Fine literature teaches us the difference between appearance and reality.
— “The Donald Rumsfeld I Know,” by Douglas J. Feith
ALSO: I wonder if by giving this piece the title “The Donald Rumsfeld I Know,” headline writers at the Post were having a little fun with Feith.