Mr. Rumsfeld yesterday warned the Iraqis to get their shit together on this Constitution writing bit. He later told reporters, "We [Americans!] don't want any delays. They're simply going to have to make the compromises necessary and get on with it."
Maybe it's because I recently read David McCullough's 1776 and have been pondering the revolution, but the image came to mind of Rummy prancing into Philadelphia in the muggy summer of 1787, and bearding the participants in the Constitutional Convention: "Damn it, George, for gawd's sake, Ben, oh, c'mon Madison, and you, Alex ... just quit the carping and write the damn thing and be done with it."
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