But the Defense Secretary's plane is ill-equipped for transporting equine cargo, so Rumsfeld arranged to house his new pet with a Mongolian herder until he's able to fetch it sometime in the future.
None of this is the slightest bit interesting, but the New York Times gave it a 600-word article topped with a cheesy, pun-filled headline.
In dazzling sunlight on the grounds of the Mongolian Defense Ministry, Mr. Rumsfeld took the reins of the calm gelding and said, "I am proud to be the owner of that proud animal." He immediately announced that he would name the horse Montana, because the dusty plains and mountains that ring the Mongolian capital reminded him of that Rocky Mountain state.
The entire exchange recalled an ancient era of alliance and conquest, when a warrior's word was law and the long knives were carried in the open.
Huh? Conquest? Warrior? Either this reporter is free-associating, or somebody needs to lay off the Godfather trilogy DVDs.