PACE vs. RUMSFELD, PART 4….General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the military shouldn’t be in the business of secretly paying off journalists to write favorable stories:
“I think there are ways to get your message out, but get it out in a form that people understand how the message got there.”
Speaking aboard an aircraft flying from Saudi Arabia, Pace added: “They need to know that, so they can make their own judgment about what they believe and don’t believe in the article. The worst thing you can have is people feeling like somehow they’ve been snookered.”
….At a Pentagon news conference later in the day, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said he expected the department to review its policy, but he declined to state his view of the practice.
It’s a little late, but Pace’s consistent willingness to disagree publicly with Rumsfeld on questions of military ethics is refreshing ? and far more effective than anything his critics could do to show up Rumsfeld for the shallow opportunist he is. Now if we could only get Pace to do the same on military tactics.