Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Reality of the autopen

I'm not a particularly emotional or sensitive guy, so I try not to pass quick judgment on emotionally charged issues like the Rumsfeld autopen.

I don't think it's asking too much for the SECDEF to personally sign every letter, but since they are all just form letters anyway, I don't think it makes that much difference, and I know that autopens are very prevalent at much lower levels of government.

Powerline posts a letter from a Marine's father, who closes with this:

Bottom line, we support Sec Rumsfeld. The people who are making a big deal about this have their heads up their collective a****. They need to have a serious priority check on what people in positions of responsibility should be doing with their time.

And, to add some levity, this from Scott Ott:

Forensic DNA testing has revealed that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld did not personally lick postage stamps on letters to families of troops killed in Iraq.

This new evidence of Mr. Rumsfeld's psychological detachment from the war in Iraq follows his admission that letters he wrote to families of soldiers and Marines included a facsimile of his signature, rather than a unique one done with his own hand each time.

Update: Tony Blankley offers his support for Secretary Rumsfeld.