Wednesday, July 30, 2003
Who's in charge of really bad ideas?
‘So Bad They’re Good,’ Rumsfeld Says
The Pentagon has named Retired Admiral John Poindexter, the man responsible for the recently abandoned idea of a “terrorism futures market,” to head the newly created Department of Bad Ideas, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announced today.
Washington insiders saw the appointment as a major promotion for Mr. Poindexter, since in his new role he will oversee, develop and authorize funding for all of the Pentagon’s bad ideas, believed to number in the millions.
But Secretary Rumsfeld, while acknowledging the importance of the Department of Bad Ideas (DBI), attempted to put Admiral Poindexter’s appointment in the proper perspective.
“For as long as I’ve known John, he’s been all about bad ideas,” Mr. Rumsfeld says. “This just makes it official . . .”
-The always amusing Borowitz Report