Donald Rumsfeld, the American defence secretary, has been using a machine to sign letters of condolence to the relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq, it emerged yesterday.When Donald Rumsfeld directs that Donald Rumsfeld will sign each condolence letter, you can bet your life that Donald Rumsfeld will sign each condolence letter.
In a statement to the Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper, he conceded that he had not "individually" signed letters to the families of more than 1,300 war dead. He said it had been his wish to speed up the process. He added: "I have directed that in the future I sign each letter."
He's that good a leader.