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The passion of the Rumsfeld

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Congress stages an ordeal by rubber stamp

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Banqueting upon borrowing in the nation’s capital

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As though truth were a fool

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Innovations in government fabrication

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Around the wartime capital

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Anxiety, anonymity, amnesia

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Day to day in the nation’s capital

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A patent on knowledge

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McNamara’s wars

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