Many of the articles written upon the death of Donald Rumsfeld hold similar themes, but George Packer writes it clearer, better, and shorter in The Atlantic: “Rumsfeld was the worst secretary of defense in American history. Being newly dead shouldn’t spare him this distinction … Rumsfeld was the chief advocate of every disaster in the years after September 11. Wherever the United States government contemplated a wrong turn, Rumsfeld was there first with his hard smile—squinting, mocking the cautious, shoving his country deeper into a hole. His fatal judgment was equaled only by his absolute self-assurance. He lacked the courage to doubt himself. He lacked the wisdom to change his mind.” How Rumsfeld Deserves to Be Remembered. (Rumsfeld has issued his first post-death statement expressing confidence that a relatively small force should be able to defeat the Devil within weeks.)