"You ought to just back off, take a look at it, relax, understand that it's complicated, it's difficult," Rumsfeld said regarding deadlines. "Honorable people are working on these things together. There isn't any daylight between them."I see Rumsfeld's position as coming from a place of not only arrogance but, really, of desperation. Rumsfield tells us to just "back off" and "relax," and trust that people - nay, honorable people - are "working on these things."
Look. Establishing timelines is just good project management. It's not a sign of weakness. This war isn't about bringing democracy to the Middle East, or fighting terrorism, or whatever, but it's a desperate attempt for these American radicals to stay in power, plain and simple.