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The memo also said that managing the collection of electronic signals, images and human-agent-derived intelligence lacked close coordination.

Another snowflake from May 21, 2001, appears to be a note from Mr. Rumsfeld based on talks with Ken Bacon, Pentagon press spokesman during the Clinton administration. The memo is an assessment of top reporters at the Pentagon, including your correspondent, of whom Mr. Rumsfeld wrote: “excellent sources, best reporter.”

Others include CBS’ David Martin and ABC News reporter John McWethy. Both were described as the “top two” in the building, along with then-CNN correspondent Jamie McIntyre, who he said was “on every 30 minutes in a crisis.”

Washington Post reporter Tom Ricks came in for criticism in the memo with the note he “can’t be convinced he is wrong” and “receives a lot of emails and believes them.”

Mr. Ricks stated in his blog Tuesday that the memo reflected a “somewhat contentious relationship” between himself and Mr. Bacon.

Rumsfeld on China

Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld revealed in his new memoir that senior Bush administration officials favored caving to Chinese demands to apologize for the Chinese F-8 jet collision with a U.S. EP-3 surveillance aircraft during the U.S.-China crisis in April 2001.

Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice told President George W. Bush in a meeting they favored giving in to Beijing’s demands to issue an apology and halt future surveillance flights even though the incident was caused by the Chinese military’s jet flying into the aircraft’s propeller.

“I said I did not favor an apology or suspending our reconnaissance flights,” Mr. Rumsfeld wrote in his memoir “Known and Unknown.”

“The Chinese knew they were wrong,” he said. “Capitulating to their threats and feigned outrage could embolden China’s military and political leaders to commit still more provocative acts. I did not believe that America would benefit from being seen as a weak supplicant.”

In the end, the U.S. government did apologize for the EP-3’s entry into Chinese airspace - when it made an emergency landing on Hainan island to save its 23-member crew, only to be arrested and held captive by Chinese troops.

Mr. Rumsfeld said he suspended military exchanges with China, noting that Beijing “had been using the contacts as intelligence-gathering missions and had been denying us truly reciprocal visits of equal value by American military officers.”

The suspension sought to “impose a cost” on the Chinese, he said.

Marine budget woes

The Marine Corps is warning Congress that failure to enact a new defense budget will adversely affect warriors in Afghanistan.

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