Lot #115
George W. Bush

“I am concerned that a ‘mathematized’ approach would not give commanders the flexibility to respond to conditions on the ground “
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“I am concerned that a ‘mathematized’ approach would not give commanders the flexibility to respond to conditions on the ground “

Rare ALS as president, one page both sides, 6.25 x 4.25, presidential letterhead, December 14, 2005. Letter to Congressman Ike Skelton, who was the ranking Democrat on the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. In full: “I read your letter and the response to it from Sec. Rumsfeld. Thank you for sharing your thoughts as to how to assure the American people that the training is in fact progressing. I am concerned that a ‘mathematized’ approach would not give commanders the flexibility to respond to conditions on the ground and therefore create expectations that if not met will undermine the effort. I will of course give further thought to your suggestion.” In fine condition. Although Skelton had voted for the war in Iraq, he expressed serious misgivings about troop readiness and accordingly directly addressed the secretary of defense and president on the matter. As a piece of presidential correspondence to a member of the Armed Services Committee during the height of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, this is an extremely rare and historically important piece. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Rare Manuscript, Document & Autograph
  • Dates: #436 - Ended September 10, 2014





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