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Woodward calls Rumsfeld's memoir "a travesty"
The Washington Post ^ | 03/ 1/2011 | By Stephen Lowman

Posted on 03/02/2011 6:38:17 AM PST by US Navy Vet

Bob Woodward is “flat-out disgusted” with Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir.

“Rumsfeld's memoir is one big clean-up job, a brazen effort to shift blame to others -- including President Bush -- distort history, ignore the record or simply avoid discussing matters that cannot be airbrushed away,” Woodward writes on Tom Ricks’s Best Defense blog. “It is a travesty, and I think the rewrite job won't wash.”

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: bookreview; memoir; rumsfeld; woodward
Words fail me.
1 posted on 03/02/2011 6:38:20 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

Go wet your bed Woodward.


2 posted on 03/02/2011 6:40:46 AM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: US Navy Vet
“Rumsfeld's memoir is one big clean-up job, a brazen effort to shift blame to others -- including President Bush -- distort history, ignore the record or simply avoid discussing matters that cannot be airbrushed away,”

How about one example there, Bobby?

3 posted on 03/02/2011 6:41:24 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: US Navy Vet

Strange guy Woodward - I wager there’s more than a few things we don’t know about him.


4 posted on 03/02/2011 6:43:04 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: US Navy Vet
Translation: Bob Woodward is upset because Donald Rumsfeld sold more books than he did.
5 posted on 03/02/2011 6:47:30 AM PST by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Did some dead man give Woodward the inside scoop?


6 posted on 03/02/2011 6:48:15 AM PST by Carley (WISCONSIN STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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To: Puppage
"The Washington Post reporter outlines contradictions in Rumsfeld’s version of events, including when the administration began focusing on Iraq, when the decision to go to war with the country was made, and on whom the responsibility of post-war planning ultimately fell"

Clearly major issues here.

7 posted on 03/02/2011 6:48:56 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: US Navy Vet

Why do we listen to this guy, again? Oh, right, because of Mark Felt.


8 posted on 03/02/2011 6:50:02 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: US Navy Vet

Woodward is a stuck up little prig and hasn’t produced anything useful in decades


9 posted on 03/02/2011 6:51:57 AM PST by dennisw ( The early bird catches the worm)
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To: US Navy Vet

As you read the WP article and note the unsupported assertions, accusations, and name calling without reference to specific events, you get the feeling that Woodward is being personal, nit-picky, and as usual, unfair. He mastered the cheap shot long ago. Even if Rummy does make an error here and there, at least he was in the room where the issues were decided; that’s more than The Woody can say.
Most all of Woodward’s information came second and third-hand.


10 posted on 03/02/2011 6:53:00 AM PST by Rapscallion (The founders gave us the tool of impeachment for a reason. Now more than ever.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Shut your fat mouth when the adults are talking, Bob.


11 posted on 03/02/2011 6:54:18 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: US Navy Vet
This from Mr. "I interview dead people" himself.
12 posted on 03/02/2011 6:54:28 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: Col Frank Slade
Agreed. Woodward spent so much time working for the Washinton Post there's no amount of penance he can ever pay to keep himself out of the lowest levels of Hades.

So who is he to criticize Rumsfeld?

13 posted on 03/02/2011 6:54:28 AM PST by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Americans)
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To: Col Frank Slade

He is a famous bed wetter, can’t handle the truth.


14 posted on 03/02/2011 6:54:51 AM PST by boomop1
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To: US Navy Vet

FU Woody.

God I hate these people!!!!

Great book by the way.


15 posted on 03/02/2011 6:56:16 AM PST by waxer1 ("The Bible is the rock on which our republic rests." -Andrew Jackson)
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To: US Navy Vet

Reminds me of what I said or the like when I briefly read some of Woodward’s garbage..... =.=


16 posted on 03/02/2011 6:57:35 AM PST by cranked
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

the book “silent coup” details some of what’s known about woodward.

his rise is curious. with no experience in journalism, the wa wa post hired him.

and then all hell broke loose.


17 posted on 03/02/2011 7:00:15 AM PST by ken21 (dem taxes + regs + unions = jobs overseas.)
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To: dennisw

“Woodward is a stuck up little prig and hasn’t produced anything useful in decades”

He’s a ‘Rat tool. Nothing more.


18 posted on 03/02/2011 7:01:02 AM PST by maggief
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To: Paladin2

Yes, those are key issues. It wouldn’t surprise me if Rumsfeld was whitewashing.


19 posted on 03/02/2011 7:01:20 AM PST by Huck (On the list: Daniels, Trump, Gingrich, Huckabee; Off the list: Palin, Romney)
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To: US Navy Vet
Bob Woodward is “flat-out disgusted” with Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir.

Well, I've been flat-out disgusted with Woodward for thirty years. What does he think the big deal is?

20 posted on 03/02/2011 7:04:28 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: US Navy Vet
Woodward wasn't in any office of the WH working, he only has his opinion and what he was told by others who may or may not have been disgruntled.
21 posted on 03/02/2011 7:04:53 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Realman30

oh there is way more, Rummy is givin every last dime of profit this book earns to our military, and that in and of it’s self irks folk like Pansey Bob to death


22 posted on 03/02/2011 7:05:46 AM PST by advertising guy (Baskin Barry Robbins........3 scoops short of a gallon)
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To: US Navy Vet

A serious case of sour grapes. Rummy’s book is documented with exhaustive footnotes. Bobby’s books rely on anonymous sources and imaginary conversations.


23 posted on 03/02/2011 7:08:26 AM PST by Reo
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To: ken21

Yes - you are right. Honestly I tried to get through Silent Coup once (long time ago) and couldn’t do it. Might be worth giving it another go.


24 posted on 03/02/2011 7:16:17 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Woodward has always been a shill for Colin Powell. That’s what this reaction” is all about.


25 posted on 03/02/2011 7:23:09 AM PST by PaleoBob
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To: ken21; 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
the book “silent coup” details some of what’s known about woodward. ... his rise is curious. with no experience in journalism, the wa wa post hired him.

"Curious" is the right word. Woodward had connections with the intelligence community - he was a spook asset placed in the media for a purpose. There have been many other media personalities who are the same.

26 posted on 03/02/2011 7:28:14 AM PST by tarheelswamprat
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To: Paladin2
Clearly major issues here.

Which clearly demand more specificity if the accusations are expected to rise anywhere above a schoolyard "nuh uh." Rumsfeld takes great pains in opening his book to claim extensive documentation, even so far as to create and maintain a supporting website, from his archive of personal notes.

What is Woodward offering?

27 posted on 03/02/2011 7:42:55 AM PST by papertyger (Progressives: excusing hate by accusing hate.)
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To: papertyger
What is Woodward offering?

His ability to channel William Casey.

28 posted on 03/02/2011 7:56:40 AM PST by Stentor ( "All cults of personality begin as high drama and end as low comedy.")
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To: US Navy Vet

Woodward is a first class jackass in his own right, but Rumsfeld isn’t much better. I will not dispute the former SecDef’s memoirs because he wrote them as he saw them. I do not subscribe to the general consensus on FreeRepublic that Rumsfeld was the greatest thing since sliced bread. In my humble opinion he was barely adequate in his job as Sec Def. Many of us on active duty at the time were happy to see him go. Unfortunately we replaced him with an even worse assclown in Gates.


29 posted on 03/02/2011 7:57:27 AM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: tarheelswamprat

Agree THSR - from another (adopted) tarheel.


30 posted on 03/02/2011 7:58:54 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: papertyger

Bob Woodward and the WaPo are like yesterday. Get over it, Bobbie. You’ve been coasting through life on “All the President’s Men”for decades. Nixon is dead. He’s not coming back for an encore. Don Rumsfeld is not Richard Nixon. You’re taking yourself too seriously.


31 posted on 03/02/2011 8:01:37 AM PST by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: papertyger

Woodward offers “gotch’a” “journalism” over trivial matters.


32 posted on 03/02/2011 8:02:08 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: US Navy Vet

SMMFD, BW.


33 posted on 03/02/2011 8:02:30 AM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Col Frank Slade

Yep, he does sound like he needs his diaper changed.


34 posted on 03/02/2011 8:02:54 AM PST by biff
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To: sean327
I do not subscribe to the general consensus on FreeRepublic that Rumsfeld was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Such an assumption would be severely mistaken.

FreeRepublic started out as, and to some degree always will be, a place for critical news consumers to dissect and vilify bad argumentation and "advocacy journalism."

While it has lost much of that analytical edge with the rise of "popular" conservatism, forgetting where FR came from make it little more than a right wing version of DU.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

35 posted on 03/02/2011 8:15:17 AM PST by papertyger (Progressives: excusing hate by accusing hate.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Woodward wouldn’t know the truth if it ran up and chomped him on the ass.


36 posted on 03/02/2011 8:32:59 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: sean327

And what about Rummy did you not like? Just wondering.


37 posted on 03/02/2011 8:35:58 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet
Rumsfeld published his book with references and footnotes. The original documents are supposedly available on his website. This mirrors what Marc Theisen (sp?) did.

So, we have a thoroughly documented version of the events versus Woodward's view from inside Colin Powell's anus. Hmm, which to believe.

This is the root of Andrea Mitchell's meltdown interviewing Rumsfeld. She referenced the media template drawn from Thomas Ricks and Bob Woodward. Rumsfeld pointed out that they weren't in the room when these discussions were held. Asked why should he subscribe to their accounts when he was there? Andrea dodged by switching to the Gerald Ford assassination attempt.

38 posted on 03/02/2011 12:46:14 PM PST by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: Dilbert56

Me like.


39 posted on 03/02/2011 12:48:00 PM PST by bvw
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To: dennisw

If he’s seventy years old, that would be “hasn’t produced anything useful in seven decades.” Except I’m not sure if his local sewage treatment plant sells any fertilizer.


40 posted on 03/02/2011 12:50:02 PM PST by bvw
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To: Dilbert56

I’m reading this on my Kindle right now. The thing is amazingly well documented. And yes... everything is fully footnoted, and many of them refer to his website where you can bring up the original document.

It’s an impressive way to publish a book. I’ve never seen anything like it. I can be reading along about some event, and to back it up he’s got a scan of some original de-classified report on his web site. In fact it’s really slowing me down because I get all caught up in reading all these old interdepartmental memos, cables, sitreps, or whatever. It’s fascinating to have that level of detail.


41 posted on 03/02/2011 1:02:45 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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