Skip to comments.Book review: 'Known and Unknown' by Donald Rumsfeld
Posted on 02/22/2011 5:20:43 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Donald Rumsfeld has served as White House chief of staff and twice as secretary of Defense, the youngest and the oldest man ever to hold the post. He has been a trusted diplomatic envoy and successful private sector executive. Throughout it all indeed, for most of his 78 years he has borne with courage and almost preternatural fortitude the burden of always being the smartest guy in the room....
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A True American Patriot....luv him...Did u see him twist andera Mitchells ..(aka Greenspans beard) in a knot in her recent interview with him?...classic Rummy..she was serving up softballs after he took her to task!
Intellegence does not necessarily translate to wisdom.
I'll take a man with the courage to act, forcefully not incrementally and follow through forcefully, not politically, based on a solid moral philosophical foundation.
In other words... 'Shock & awe' was great but the "soft w/ flaw" afterwards doomed Iraq to failure. Like with Vietnam, when Americans leave, the insurgents will take over. We can only prevent it by overwhelming occupation and we haven't the political will for that.
” The Defense secretary responded: “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me because, as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns the ones we don’t know we don’t know. It is, of course, a logical fallacy to multiply categories beyond necessity, . . .”
I don’t see any multiplication of categories here. Rumsfeld was absolutely right. I would add another category to his—mostly practiced by politicians—known knowns to which we are willfully blind.
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