File under: irony, still not dead

In January, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld, Bush’s secretary of defense, invoked Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and H.L. Mencken while providing “advice on government, business and life” for a Wall Street Journal article entitled “Rumsfeld’s Rules.” (Via Eschaton and Editor & Publisher.)

High points include:

  • “For every human problem there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong.” — H.L. Mencken
  • “You can’t pray a lie.” — Mark Twain
  • “If you foul up, tell the president and correct it fast. Delay only compounds mistakes.”
  • “Don’t divide the world into ‘them‘ and ‘us.'”


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