Fi­nal snowflake

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

We ob­tained a copy of De­fense Sec­re­taryDon­aldH.Rums­feld’sfi­nal “snowflake,”ashis­de­mand­ing­mem­o­randa to sub­or­di­nates are called. TheDec.15mem­o­wasad­dressedto all Pen­tagon per­son­nel, both mil­i­tary and civil­ian.

“Over the past six years, thou­sand­soft­hese­mem­o­shave­fallen— some­times in bliz­zards and flur­ries and some­times in cold and lonely iso­la­tion,” Mr. Rums­feld stated, not­ing that de­spite the blan­ket­ing there were many who never re­ceived one and oth­ers who even re­quested them.

“This snowflake is es­pe­cially for them,”hewrote.“It’smes­sageistyp­i­cally, to the point: Thank you.”

For the bu­reau­crats and oth­ers who thought they could “run out the clock” and avoid an­swer­ing a snowflake be­cause of the sec­re­tary’s de­par­ture,Mr.Rums­feld­warnedthat “you have not been forgotten!”

He then granted a gen­eral amnesty for any unan­swered snowflake“inthes­pir­itofthe­sea­son” as his last of­fi­cial act.

De­fense of­fi­cials say that Mr. Rums­feld also will keep of­fices out­side the Pen­tagon to as­sist in the on­go­ing tran­si­tion. So he may still blow snowflakes, al­though no longer on sec­re­tary of de­fense let­ter­head.

Bill Gertz and Rowan Scar­bor­ough are Pen­tagon re­porters. Mr. Gertz can be reached at 202/636-3274 or by e-mail at bgertz@wash­ing­ton­ Mr. Scar­bor­ough can be reached at 202/636-3208 or by e-mail. at rscar­bor­ough@wash­ing­ton­

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