"Had to do two hours up there," Myers said in near despair, "and listen to all that bullshit all over again. And I've got to go back up there. I'm sorry guys, but I have to go back up there again in five minutes till, and we just don't have that long here.
And another time:
Rumsfeld was intimately involved in filling the key positions on the Joint Staff. If Rumsfeld wanted someone and Myers said he couldn't live with the choice, Rumsfeld generally would drop the candidate and find someone else he wanted. But he insisted on a veto over the choice assignments. At one point, Myers wanted someone on the Joint Staff, and Rumsfeld has his own candidate. It frustrated Myers to death as they went to their separate corners and there was a little standoff. The dispute lay dormant for about three weeks. Out of the clear blue while riding the escalator up in the Pentagon one day, Rumsfeld brought it up. "If you could just give me this one, I'd appreciate it," Rumsfeld said. Myers realized he was saying "I'm not going to budge, and I'm the boss." Of course, Rumsfeld always got his way.
Woodward continues with the narrative into a key point of State of Denial about the DoD under Rumsfeld:
Myers later explained, We serve the civilian masters and the chain of command. Unless it's illegal or immoral or unethical, you do it. If you can't stand it, then you've got other options. You can retire."
First question, at what point do all the minor little actions that Rumsfeld has forced on the military add up, in their totality, to actions that are immoral and unethical? Seriously, at what point to educated men and women realize that the sum of their orders has led them down an unethical path?
And for God's sake, why haven't we seen more resignations from the generals? This will befuddle me until my dying day.