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Wednesday, 31 March 2004

Topic: For policy wonks...

THE STARBUCKS PAPERS - The policies of our government driven by girly coffee-like drinks...

Here's the story...

See Found notes may show Bush plan on Clarke
Pamela Hess, UPI Pentagon Correspondent - Published 3/31/2004 12:37 PM

The basics -
WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- The White House was worried about the damaging testimony of a former counter-terrorism chief to a commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks last week but was trying to let the issue die on its own, according to Pentagon briefing notes found at a Washington coffee shop.

"Stay inside the lines. We don't need to puff this (up). We need (to) be careful as hell about it," the handwritten notes say. "This thing will go away soon and what will keep it alive will be one of us going over the line."

The notes were written by Pentagon political appointee Eric Ruff who left them in a Starbucks coffee shop in Dupont Circle, not far from U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's home.
The notes are genuine, a Pentagon official said. They were compiled for an early morning briefing for Rumsfeld before the Sunday morning talk shows, during which administration officials conducted a flurry of interviews to counter the testimony of Richard Clarke, President George W. Bush's former terrorism czar who left the post in 2003. Rumsfeld appeared on Fox and ABC.

The Starbucks customer who found them gave them to the liberal advocacy group the Center for American Progress, which published them on its Web site Wednesday. Included in the notes was a hand-drawn map to Rumsfeld's house, which is largely blacked out on the Web site for security reasons. ...
The folks over at The Center For American Progress have these documents available here in PDF format. (You'll need a copy of Acrobat Reader to download them. But that's free - and virus free.)

I downloaded them. They are amusing, but not that terribly interesting. It just seems odd that this fellow managed to leave them on the table at Starbucks.

Eric will get a scolding. But it's not like this is classified stuff or anything. It's what everyone agreed Rumsfeld should say and, damn, he said it. No conspiracy or evil stuff here - just a careless staffer who needed a fancy, trendy coffee concoction. Consider these notes historical minutiae - a souvenir of these heady days of empire.

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