Oh boy, this is fun. Mike Griffin is a little red under the collar I see. Let's break this down...at least my opinion of his comments. Here we go...
Point 1: I agree, it's about time someone official stepped up and said there wasn't enough money being given to accomplish the task assigned.
Point 2: Reiteration of point 1...show me the money. I concur.
Point 3: ISS matters a hell of a lot for the private industry, if it's used in that manner, but we'll see later how Mike feels about the private sector. I have always felt that it's stupid of us, the United States, to determine the fate of a station that has so many international partners. Do you think JAXA or ESA want the ISS flamed out after just getting their expensive stuff up there?!
Point 4: Blah, blah, cost/level/maturity, blah blah. Look, Ares is already behind schedule and we just started. Yeah, budgets suck, but even the initial pen and paper crap was late to the party. Puh-lease.
Point 5: I agree with this. If you call something out, prove it. The details may just be in the final whole report. Remember, this was in reply to just the summary.
Point 6: His pessimistic views of the private space industries development and growth is insulting. His head is buried in the government soup. Apparently he can't see the future through his government tainted goggles. Solid and tested private sector launch vehicles, manned and cargo, will be available long before this monster they call Constellation is ever ready to fly. I bet even before Ares I is up and running.
Point 7: Whaaaa, we worked real hard on this, so much so that we're now behind schedule and had to tinker with all kinds of fun issues and reduce our original capability. Oh wait, those last words are mine, not his.
Point 8: Ah...see point 7...the tail end. I like the verbal trick though. "Constellation issues are prevalent because we're doing something, and there are no other issues because nothing else is being done." Well, duh. It's not like we're running several full scale options all at the same time to directly compare, but at some point, common sense has to overtake pride and stubbornness.
Point 9: Ares 5 Lite doesn't thrill me either, and I'm definitely in favor of more lift capability when it comes to getting to the Moon.
Point 10: How the hell can he possibly argue against fuel depots, especially when that is a sure fire way to help the private industry gain solid footing in the market, providing fuel options to all players in the space game? If fuel depots require special technology, then great, let's do it and move on, especially if it's important to chemical and nuclear powered upper stages. Why NOT invest in something that also serves additional benefits?!
Point 11: The clear-eyed analysis of Constellation is that it's bunk! It costs way to much to get done, and could easily be duplicated by the private sector at a hell of a lot cheaper cost, because ANYTHING the private sector does will be cheaper than the government.
To me it basically sounds like he crying about his baby getting slammed a bit by the Commission.