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EXCLUSIVE: RUMSFELD UNLOADS (Drudge Report)
Drudge Report ^ | 2/2/11 | Matt Drudge

Posted on 02/02/2011 4:06:04 PM PST by NormsRevenge

Long-awaited, from-the-hip memoir offers raw, unvarnished look at eight decades of history

"If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much."

So declares former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in his news book 'KNOWN AND UNKNOWN'.

In the book, which streets next week, Rumsfeld details his half-century career in and around the ring -- and West Wing.

It is based not only on Rumsfeld's memory but also on hundreds of previously unreleased documents from throughout his career.

Now only the DRUDGE REPORT can reveal:

# Rumsfeld warned in 2001 of Afghan “swamp” and “not to make a career out of transforming Afghanistan;” parts ways with neocons on use of military to spread democracy around the world

# Lashes out at Clinton, Kerry, Biden for flip-flops on Iraq: “You wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with them.”

# Disputes Powell’s claim that he was “duped” by administration on Iraq WMD, says Powell was no Bush administration “maverick”

# Bashes CNN for concealing Saddam's crimes against humanity prior to start of war

# Document: Rumsfeld pressed for more troops in Tora Bora to get bin Laden in 2001

# Says biggest regret not insisting on resigning after Abu Ghraib

# Says McCain had “hair-trigger temper” and “a propensity to shift his positions to appeal to the media”

# Shares his side of a decades long feud with Bush 41

# Aide tells Rumsfeld on 9/11: “You’re a son of a bitch.” Lives to tell the tale

# Had young Geraldo Rivera arrested in 1970s student protest, when he was known as Jerry Rivers

# Describes surprising encounter with Elvis in The King’s Las Vegas dressing room

# Recounts weird meetings with a confused President-elect Jimmy Carter

# Kissinger during last days of Watergate: “Rummy, we don’t even argue with Nixon anymore”

'KNOWN AND UNKNOWN' ranked #2,064 on AMAZON's hit parade Wednesday evening.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: donaldrumsfeld; donrumsfeld; drudge; exclusive; rummy; rumsfeld; secdef; unloads
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1 posted on 02/02/2011 4:06:06 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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Rummy’s the kind of guy I’d feel safe going hunting with, unlike Dark Cheney. :-)


2 posted on 02/02/2011 4:07:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Clinton, Kerry, Biden: “You wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with them.”

For more reasons than one.


3 posted on 02/02/2011 4:08:57 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: NormsRevenge
Rumsfeld warned in 2001 of Afghan “swamp” and “not to make a career out of transforming Afghanistan;”

It's a QUAGMIRE.

parts ways with neocons on use of military to spread democracy around the world

Parts ways with them? When?

4 posted on 02/02/2011 4:09:37 PM PST by Huck (one per center)
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To: NormsRevenge
Says McCain had “hair-trigger temper” and “a propensity to shift his positions to appeal to the media”

LOL. Nail on the head.

5 posted on 02/02/2011 4:09:59 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: NormsRevenge

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6 posted on 02/02/2011 4:10:52 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: NormsRevenge
And man could he ZOT idiot reporters.


7 posted on 02/02/2011 4:11:01 PM PST by McGruff (If you are catching alot of flak, you must be on target!)
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To: NormsRevenge

8 posted on 02/02/2011 4:11:10 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: McGruff

Sounds like a good book...


9 posted on 02/02/2011 4:12:11 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: NormsRevenge

This a book I will buy and read.


10 posted on 02/02/2011 4:12:35 PM PST by WHBates
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To: NormsRevenge

Both Cheney and Rumsfeld are fine on hunting ....just make sure your a shooter and not a shootee


11 posted on 02/02/2011 4:12:48 PM PST by woofie
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To: NormsRevenge

Cool stuff. This sounds like it should be a pretty interesting book.


12 posted on 02/02/2011 4:13:56 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: BenLurkin

Clinton, Kerry, Biden: “You wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with them....

Be good to be in a foxhole with Cheney and Rummy.


13 posted on 02/02/2011 4:14:07 PM PST by Hang'emAll
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To: McGruff
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14 posted on 02/02/2011 4:14:51 PM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I consider Rumsfeld and Cheney ‘The Dream Team’.


15 posted on 02/02/2011 4:15:32 PM PST by griswold3 (We defend conservatism by our very way of life.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I don’t buy the political memoirs. This one and US Grants go on mh buy list.


16 posted on 02/02/2011 4:15:42 PM PST by Thebaddog (Shakey Jake said, " The hippies will never survive!")
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To: pissant; NormsRevenge
Says McCain had “hair-trigger temper” and “a propensity to shift his positions to appeal to the media”

That would explain the 'rift' that appeared between them that the McCain STAFF blamed on Sarah Palin.

17 posted on 02/02/2011 4:16:29 PM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Thebaddog

http://www.amazon.com/Known-Memoir-Donald-Rumsfeld/dp/159523067X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1296692072&sr=1-1


18 posted on 02/02/2011 4:17:59 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: NormsRevenge
Obama, you worthless lump..."


19 posted on 02/02/2011 4:21:47 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: NormsRevenge

# Says McCain had “hair-trigger temper” and “a propensity to shift his positions to appeal to the media”

Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa....didn’t even see this one coming. JK (just kidding)


20 posted on 02/02/2011 4:21:53 PM PST by oust the louse (When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.)
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To: griswold3

I don’t know, having Dick tell ya he has your back in the woods hunting grouse.. sounds like a ‘risky scheme’ to me..

It’s a shame neither actually had a shot earlier on to run for the big enchilada position.. some things might have been a bit different then they are now.


21 posted on 02/02/2011 4:23:17 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
In the book, which streets next week........'KNOWN AND UNKNOWN' ranked #2,064 on AMAZON's hit parade Wednesday evening.

Ok, I'm confused, if "streets next week" means it's being released next week, then how can it already have a ranking.

22 posted on 02/02/2011 4:23:57 PM PST by mupcat
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To: griswold3

I wonder what your nightmare team looks like.


23 posted on 02/02/2011 4:24:18 PM PST by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: ladyvet

Love your Rummy GIF.
Just had to save it for future use.
Thx,
Mc


24 posted on 02/02/2011 4:24:22 PM PST by mcshot (So this is how it feels to be flushed. The "that's impossible" days are upon us.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Especially for his longevity in politics and business. He’s seen it all!


25 posted on 02/02/2011 4:24:37 PM PST by rabidralph (...Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.--Penny Chenery, Owner, Secretariat)
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To: oust the louse

“Says McCain had “hair-trigger temper” and “a propensity to shift his positions” to appeal to the media”

Had? HAD?


26 posted on 02/02/2011 4:28:10 PM PST by Rennes Templar ( Reagan: " When I was young we were poor, but the gov't didn't have to tell us we were poor")
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To: mupcat

Pre-release sales? ( best I got.. )


27 posted on 02/02/2011 4:28:54 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
# Had young Geraldo Rivera arrested in 1970s student protest, when he was known as Jerry Rivers

Snopes has a piece that suggests he was never known by that name. It was posted here on FR a while back:

link

That said, I'd be thrilled if Rumsfeld could arrest him again so FOX could get someone decent and actually conservative on the weekend. This should be a good book!
28 posted on 02/02/2011 4:30:25 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: rabidralph

Rumsfeld's 1954 yearbook portrait from Princeton, where he played football and wrestled.

29 posted on 02/02/2011 4:31:36 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: LostInBayport

Messed up the link!

http://www.snopes.com/media/celebrity/geraldo.asp


30 posted on 02/02/2011 4:32:16 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: ladyvet

He was so great with the media.
The man is sharp as a tack.


31 posted on 02/02/2011 4:35:26 PM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 ~ Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ll buy that book.


32 posted on 02/02/2011 4:35:54 PM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks, NR, that could be the answer. Makes sense.


33 posted on 02/02/2011 4:38:14 PM PST by mupcat
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To: NormsRevenge

High school baseball squad, Rummy fourth player in first row.

Junior class president.

34 posted on 02/02/2011 4:41:47 PM PST by concentric circles
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Doc, Fighter Jock to boot, I didn't know he flew until I read a bio on him in the early 2000's.

My guess is he does not suffer fools gladly and this book will eviscerate a bunch of weenies...

35 posted on 02/02/2011 4:41:57 PM PST by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: Thebaddog

Same here. I have never read a political memoir, but I’m going to read this one.


36 posted on 02/02/2011 4:44:29 PM PST by BigBobber
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Maybe?? Pelosi-Murray, Kuchinich-Starks, Waters-Conyers, Gore-Kerry (oh wait we dodged that bullet), McDermott-Rangel,

Obviously there are way too many nightmare possibilities out there.


37 posted on 02/02/2011 4:46:06 PM PST by rod1
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To: Eyes Unclouded

Gates and Biden?


38 posted on 02/02/2011 4:46:08 PM PST by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: UCANSEE2
Says McCain had “hair-trigger temper” and “a propensity to shift his positions to appeal to the media”

He's got McCain's number...

39 posted on 02/02/2011 4:48:20 PM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - World Disaster Map)
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To: John W

Well technically you can end a nightmare by waking up so that doesn’t count.


40 posted on 02/02/2011 4:48:23 PM PST by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

>> Sounds like a good book...

It does.


41 posted on 02/02/2011 4:51:06 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: LostInBayport
Snopes has a piece that suggests he was never known by that name. It was posted here on FR a while back:

That said, I'd be thrilled if Rumsfeld could arrest him again so FOX could get someone decent and actually conservative on the weekend. This should be a good book!

This is, according to Geraldo Rivera, but I think he is full of crap....

I personally know, at least 3 people who were classmates with Geraldo Riveria when he was in law school in brooklyn.

They said they called him Jerry, and he referred to himself as Jerry, they also all claimed he did use the name "Rivers", (though one of them, says he would sometimes call himself different names, like Rivera, Riviera,). Most of the time, he was referred to as "Rivers"....

One of the guys who was in his class and knew him, also said that Geraldo Rivera passed himself off as spanish and jewish, depending on the situation and whom he was dealing with....

Ironically, only one of them, actually disliked him, one of them was indifferent to him but had nothing bad to say, and the 3rd one, actually did like him, and said he seemed like a good guy.

I'm not to keen on trusting Geraldo Rivera on his name claims....

42 posted on 02/02/2011 4:51:13 PM PST by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: NormsRevenge; Donald Rumsfeld Fan; monkapotamus; tomkow6; All

OH YEAH I got this baby pre order LOL!


43 posted on 02/02/2011 4:56:37 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: NormsRevenge; Donald Rumsfeld Fan; monkapotamus; tomkow6; All

OH YEAH I got this baby pre order LOL!


44 posted on 02/02/2011 4:56:49 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: NormsRevenge

“Says McCain had “hair-trigger temper” and “a propensity to shift his positions to appeal to the media”

Check-mate.


45 posted on 02/02/2011 4:57:47 PM PST by headstamp 2 ("My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter")
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Rummy was hottie back in da day


46 posted on 02/02/2011 4:58:18 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile")
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To: taildragger

I saw a photo of Rumsfeld as a pilot. Quite a good-looking guy. I’ll have to see if I can find it. He’s really a versatile person.

I’m looking forward to reading the book.


47 posted on 02/02/2011 5:01:59 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: ladyvet

I laughed!

Rumsfeld was a happy warrior. It was great watching him run circles around the media dumbunnies.


48 posted on 02/02/2011 5:06:40 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: Sonny M
I'm not to keen on trusting Geraldo Rivera on his name claims....

Agreed. Your friends suggest he was something of a social chameleon. His professional career backs that up. Every story has a personal connection to him. Every world event involves someplace he has been. Blah, blah, blah. Somewhere out there is a written record of the name involved in the arrest, and I bet Rumsfeld is correct!
49 posted on 02/02/2011 5:10:19 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SevenofNine

He really was...


50 posted on 02/02/2011 5:29:17 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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