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  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team — yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • Rumsfeld: 'I know I don't know' if my tax return was done accurately

    04/15/2014 5:09:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/15/2014 | Blake Neff
    Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld filed his taxes on Tuesday with an added twist: a letter telling the IRS that he had no idea whether his return was, in fact, accurate. “Despite the fact that I am a college graduate and I try hard to make sure our tax returns are accurate...I know that I do not know whether or not my tax returns are accurate, which is a sad commentary on governance in our nation's capital," Rumsfeld's letter reads.The letter’s phrasing appears to allude to Rumsfeld’s famous “unknown unknowns” statement in 2002, when he said, in reference to...
  • Chris Matthews: Doesn't Donald Rumsfeld Look Like a Car Bomber?

    03/29/2014 8:49:34 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 51 replies
    The Known Unknown is a documentary that premiered this week about two time Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. On his MSNBC show yesterday, Chris Matthews interviewed documentary maker and producer of the film Errol Morris. Matthews described Morris' work as "mystifying" before going on to describe Rumsfeld as looking like a car bomber. "I found this long documentary mystifying," Matthews said. "Yet it is the Donald Rumsfeld I have always known, that fey, sort of eccentric, sort whimsical face of his, that I swear has the look of a car bomber because he has to smile about the most serious,...
  • Uh oh: Rumsfeld says ‘a trained ape’ could outperform Obama in Afghanistan Dan Calabrese

    03/26/2014 5:34:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies
    canada free press ^ | 3/25/2014 | Dan Calabrese
    You know it wasn’t a racist comment. You also know it doesn’t matter. MSNBC has their see-what-racists-all-Obama-opponents-are talking point for the next few days. More to the point, though, knowing Donald Rumsfeld he doesn’t care about any of that, which is one of the things I love about him. The far more important point here is the point itself - that the U.S. had a good relationship with Karzai in Afghanistan when the Bush Administration was in office. It was only when Obama and crew came in that we suddenly couldn’t work with him.
  • Donald Rumsfeld: A “Trained Ape” Could Manage War Better Than Obama (Video)

    03/25/2014 12:16:27 PM PDT · by newgeezer · 68 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 12:48 PM | Jim Hoft
    Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Greta Van Susteren on Monday, “A trained ape can get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius.” Rumsfeld was talking about Barack Obama’s failed diplomacy in Iraq and Afghanistan. CNS News reported: Donald Rumsfeld, who served as U.S. Defense Secretary under President George W. Bush, blames poor diplomacy by the Obama administration for the current strained relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. “Our relationship with Karzai and with Afghanistan was absolutely first-rate in the Bush administration,” Rumsfeld told Fox News’s Greta Van Susteren on Monday. “It has gone down...
  • Rumsfeld: U.S. Ties with Karzai 'Gone Downhill Like a Toboggan' Under Obama

    03/25/2014 8:44:53 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 25, 2014 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Donald Rumsfeld, who served as U.S. Defense Secretary under President George W. Bush, blames poor diplomacy by the Obama administration for the current strained relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai."Our relationship with Karzai and with Afghanistan was absolutely first-rate in the Bush administration," Rumsfeld told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren on Monday. "It has gone down hill like a toboggan ever since the Obama administration came in."
  • Donald Rumsfeld: 'It does not take a genius'

    03/25/2014 8:30:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    Donald Rumsfeld: 'It does not take a genius' By: Tal Kopan March 25, 2014 06:13 AM EDT Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is blasting the Obama administration’s handling of Afghanistan, saying a “trained ape” could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with the country. “We have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” Rumsfeld said Monday night on “On the Record with Greta van Susteren” on Fox News. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status...
  • Donald Rumsfeld on Obama: ‘I Begin with Incompetence as a Problem’

    10/04/2013 5:55:45 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies
    Donald Rumsfeld on Obama: ‘I Begin with Incompetence as a Problem’ Talking to journalist David Samuels about his Kindle Singles interview with the former secretary of defense. Lee Smith October 4, 2013 7:31 AM David Samuels’ deeply reported oddball narratives and profiles have appeared on the covers of Harper’s, the Atlantic, the New Yorker, and other magazines. Samuels has also contributed two long interviews for Amazon’s new Kindle Singles series: The first with Israeli President Simon Peres, and his most recent with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (available here, and Rumsfeld has also just published a new book, Rumsfeld's...
  • Rumsfeld's Visit To Kyrgyzstan Sets Tongues Wagging

    06/22/2013 1:18:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Eurasianet ^ | June 21, 2013 | Joshua Kucera
    The story of yesterday's parliamentary vote in Kyrgyzstan to annul the lease of the U.S. air base there included an intriguing subplot: the presence of ex-U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in Bishkek. Officially, he was there on the business of the Rumsfeld Foundation, a group that offers short-term fellowships to young scholars from Central Asia and the Caucasus to study in Washington, D.C. And the timing of the visit, at the same time as the parliamentary vote, was just a coincidence. But as anyone following Central Asian politics knows, there is no such thing as coincidence. And the Kyrgyzstan...
  • Donald Rumsfeld 'Can't Tell' If Obama Wants The Terrorists To Win

    06/04/2013 9:15:48 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 6-4-2013 | Phillip Bump
    <p>Unearthed by James Carter IV (of the "President Carter" Carters and the 47 percent video) and first shared by Talking Points Memo is this bit of video amazement. In it, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense under Bush, jokingly suggests that he "can't tell" if maybe President Obama now wants the terrorists to win the War on Terror.</p>
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 May 2013

    05/19/2013 4:38:48 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 218 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 19 May 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows May 19th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Pfeiffer, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Rep. David Camp, R-Mich.; Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.; former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Pfeiffer, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Sen. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah; Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt.THIS WEEK (ABC): Pfeiffer; Sen. Robert Menendez, D- N.J.; Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio; Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.; Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Pfeiffer, Sen. Rand...
  • South Korea on alert for possible Al Qaeda ship

    10/30/2003 11:45:39 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 441+ views
    Khaleej Times via Al Jazeera ^ | Oct. 30, 2003 | Agence France Presse
    SEOUL - South Korean security authorities were ready to carry out on-board inspections of a Bahama-registered freighter after being tipped off that the ship might carry some members of Al-Qaeda, police said on Thursday. The 17,000-tonne freighter, the Athenia, which was suspected of carrying members of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda group, was due to arrive at the southwestern port of Kunsan late Thursday, the police said. “We have been informed that Al Qaeda members might be hiding in the ship,” a police officer in charge of foreign affairs in Kunsan Police station told AFP. “When the ship reaches the...
  • 'Lawfare' loses big

    01/30/2012 10:11:05 AM PST · by Martin_Schmidt · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/28/2012 | The Wall Street Journal
    The guerrilla legal campaign against national security suffered a big defeat this week, and the good news deserves more attention. The victory for legal sanity came Monday when the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to toss out a suit brought by aspiring terrorist Jose Padilla against a slew of Bush Administration officials. Readers may remember that Padilla was arrested in 2002 for plotting to set off a dirty bomb on U.S. soil. He was detained as an enemy combatant, convicted in a Miami court and sentenced to 17 years in prison. But Padilla has been...
  • 'Factor' Debate Over Coerced Interrogation (Rumsfeld Later Denies Lies of Colmes)

    05/04/2011 8:42:42 AM PDT · by Sneakyuser · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/03/2011 | Bill O'Reilly
    During this heated discussion Alan Colmes says, and has been saying for years, that Enhanced Interregation Techniques (EIT) yield nothing. He also states that Donald Rumsfeld confirms this. An hour later on Hannity, Rumsfeld says that just is not true.
  • Alan Colmes flat-out lies about Rumsfeld/EITs

    05/04/2011 12:04:52 PM PDT · by rvoitier · 32 replies
    Tsk Tsk. Sad
  • Senator pushes for last word on Bush-era war briefings [Carl Levin won't let go]

    11/03/2011 6:05:22 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, November 3, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee is intervening with a Pentagon investigator to influence the final wording of a report that exonerates George W. Bush-era officials who gave war briefings to retired military TV and radio commentators. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan Democrat, has tried for three years to convince federal investigators that the briefing program violated government rules and that some of the retired officers turned analysts received preferential treatment for Pentagon contracts. Two previous government probes found no misconduct, and the Pentagon inspector general now has wrapped up a third investigation. A source close to the third...
  • Richmond's Fourth Circuit Is Stage For Next "Lawfare" Battle Against Donald Rumsfeld

    10/25/2011 11:20:25 AM PDT · by american_steve · 2 replies
    OfficialWire ^ | 10/25/2011 | Staff
    Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen, former gang member, and designated enemy combatant who was sentenced to 17 years in prison, is mounting an aggressive appeal. The oral arguments on October 26 in Richmond’s Fourth Circuit will strike at the heart of the Constitution. Padilla brought a lawsuit against former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld and other high-ranking officials, alleging he was illegally detained and tortured in the military brig after his 2002 arrest. That suit, which has been described as “lawfare” or exacting personal and financial “flesh” from an opponent, was dismissed last February by a federal judge in Charleston,...
  • Donald Rumsfeld Gives Explosive Interview to Al Jazeera: ‘This is Worthless’

    10/04/2011 8:59:06 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10-4-11 | Tiffany Gabbay
    In an explosive interview with Al Jazeera’s English Washington bureau chief Abderrahim Foukara, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld blasted the journalist for “haranguing” and refused to answer his questions — accusing Foukara of having it in his “being” to be “disrespectful.” The heated exchange erupted when the topic came to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Foukara asked Rumsfeld whether he felt responsible for the deaths of “innocent Iraqis” because, according to Foukara, the Bush administration “didn’t secure the borders” of the country and sent in too few troops.
  • Cain taps Rumsfeld spokesman

    10/01/2011 7:15:55 PM PDT · by justsaynomore · 50 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/1/11 | Don Surber
    Herman Cain will add a heavyweight to his campaign staff on Monday. Taking over as campaign spokesman will be J.D. Gordon, who served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2005-2009 under Donald Rumsfeld and Robert Gates. Gordon is a retired Navy commander. He succeeds Ellen Carmichael, a 2009 graduate of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. So how did CNN report this story? From CNN: “Herman Cain communications director resigns.” No mention was made of J.D. Gordon, at all. Reporter Shannon Travis made it sound as if Team Cain was on the rocks: “It’s a very amicable departure,” Carmichael...
  • Donald Rumsfeld: President Obama has actually accepted the Bush Doctrine

    09/07/2011 3:07:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/07/2011 | Tim Mak
    Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says President Barack Obama has come to accept much of the Bush Doctrine out of necessity, despite what he campaigned on in 2008. Rumsfeld said that Obama needed to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention center open because of national security concerns, and it was the best solution among a host of bad options. “They ended up keeping Guantanamo open not because they like it — we didn’t like it either — but they couldn’t think of a better solution,” Rumsfeld told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday. Rumsfeld then listed a handful of other...
  • Donald Rumsfeld -- Is That a Gun In Your Pocket? (TSA Patdown Photo)

    07/14/2011 7:19:39 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 21 replies
    TMZ ^ | July 13, 2011
    No one is immune to the probing hands of the TSA ... including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ... who got the pat-down at Chicago's O'Hare airport this afternoon ... and TMZ has the pics. (Photo at link) Sources at the airport tell TMZ ... Rummy was all smiles during the body sweep and was "very nice" throughout the procedure.
  • How WikiLeaks vindicated Bush’s anti-terrorism strategy

    05/13/2011 2:23:21 PM PDT · by yoe · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2011 | Donald H. Rumsfeld,
    Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of U.S. special operations forces is a major success in our country’s war against al-Qaeda. As a result of the Central Intelligence Agency’s interrogation program and the intelligence gained from detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a major fraction of al-Qaeda’s senior leadership has been captured or killed since 2001.
  • Condoleezza Rice fires back at ‘grumpy’ Donald Rumsfeld

    04/28/2011 9:01:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/28/11 | Rachel Rose Hartman - The Ticket
    There's no love lost between former colleagues Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld. In a question and answer session for the New York Times Magazine, former Secretary of State Rice is breaking her silence about the criticisms former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld made about her in his new book, "Known and Unknown." Rice was asked to comment on Rumsfeld's assertion that she "almost never wanted" to dissent with President George W. Bush. She replied about Rumsfeld: "He doesn't know what he's talking about." "I don't think he was ever in the room with the president and me when I would follow the...
  • 'Do I Have any Regrets? Of Course I Do' [Donald Rumsfeld]

    04/04/2011 6:28:24 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | 04/04/2011 | David Hume Kennerly
    SPIEGEL: Mister Secretary, you are famous for your "Rumsfeld rules." Do you happen to have a rule that gives advice on foreign invasions? Rumsfeld: I do. When you begin an invasion, a rule is "the mission should determine the coalition, not the other way around." You should not first assemble a coalition with many different views and then try to determine the mission. That leads to a lack of clarity as to the mission. SPIEGEL: Is that the case with the current NATO invasion in Libya? Rumsfeld: I think you can make that case. The United States did not articulate,...
  • Rumsfeld: There's a 'Reasonable Possibility' Qaddafi Could Last Out Reluctant Coalition in Libya

    03/27/2011 8:58:30 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    Fox News--On the Record ^ | March 22, 2011 | Greta Van Susteren
    See interesting video HERE... VAN SUSTEREN: Well, it seemed so unbelievable at the time, and then just two years ago, not under -- not under your watch, but under the new administration in Scotland, releasing -- one of the killers of Pan Am 103 goes home, and he's embraced by Libya, a huge hero. He's still a hero now. And it's, like, the United States just -- on that particular incident, that we've looked the other way, and you know, we've done -- we almost rewarded him. RUMSFELD: There -- I mean, old phrase that, in fact, I talk about...
  • Justice drops defense of Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz

    02/22/2011 9:44:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    politico ^ | 2/22/11 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The Justice Department under President Barack Obama has quietly dropped its legal representation of more than a dozen Bush-era Pentagon and administration officials - including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and aide Paul Wolfowitz - in a lawsuit by Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla, who spent years behind bars without charges in conditions his lawyers compare to torture. Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the government has agreed to retain private lawyers for the officials, at a cost of up to $200 per hour. Miller said “conflicts concerns” prompted the decision. He did not elaborate. One private...
  • Rumsfeld blasts Obama's world image [has made a practice of trying to apologize for America]

    02/20/2011 7:34:35 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    Rumsfeld blasts Obama's world image Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld disputes the notion that President Barack Obama has made America more popular around the globe than it was under his former boss, President George W. Bush. Asked on CNN's "State of the Union" by host Candy Crowley whether the U.S. is looked at differently than under his tenure, Rumsfeld replied, “I don't think there's data that supports that.” "He has made a practice of trying to apologize for America," Rumsfeld said of Obama. "I personally am proud of America” Rumsfeld also downplayed Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. “He had not accomplished...
  • Paul Supporters Hijack Cheney-Rumsfeld Reunion (Video)

    02/10/2011 8:47:16 PM PST · by pillut48 · 23 replies
    TPM ^ | February 10, 2011, 4:52PM | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    Dick Cheney just popped up here at CPAC to introduce his old pal and Bush administration colleague Donald Rumsfeld. Fans of Ron Paul turned what should have been a friendly moment before an audience of fellow conservatives into a screaming match and protest action that resembled what a Cheney-Rumsfeld hug at the Netroots Nation convention might look like. Rumsfeld is being given CPAC's "Defender Of The Constitution" award, a concept that apparently rankled Paul supporters in the crowd. Many of them got up and walked out en masse at the mention of Rumsfeld, though some stayed behind in the conference...
  • John McCain returns Donald Rumsfeld Iraq fire (McCain attacks Rumsfeld)

    02/04/2011 5:57:40 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2011-02-04 | Brad Norington
    The US war effort in Iraq would have been a "disastrous defeat" if president George W. Bush had left Donald Rumsfeld in charge of the Defence Department, John McCain says. The former Republican presidential candidate hit back yesterday over unflattering comments made by Mr Rumsfeld in his new autobiography, Known and Unknown. Reviving a feud between the pair, Mr Rumsfeld describes Senator McCain in his book as "a man with a hair-trigger temper and a propensity to fashion and shift his positions to appeal to the media".
  • EXCLUSIVE: RUMSFELD UNLOADS (Drudge Report)

    02/02/2011 4:06:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | 2/2/11 | Matt Drudge
    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...
  • Rumsfeld, unvarnished (new book)

    09/20/2010 9:14:28 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 9-20-10 | Ben Smith
    If there was any doubt that Donald Rumsfeld's book would be frank-and-candid narrative of what, in his telling, really happened, here are a few details about what promises to be a tell-all in the tradition of the Washington memoir. First, see above: The dust jacket depicts a fleece-wearing Rummy at his get-away in Taos, a signal that he's detached from the Beltway and has nothing to lose. Then there is the title, "Known and Unknown," a play on his famous formulation about "known unknowns" and "unknown unknowns." That's shorthand for suggesting he's going to reveal more than a few...
  • PROVE IT !!-Rumsfeld Says Obama's "Historical Claims" Were LIES

    12/02/2009 10:57:38 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 27 replies · 1,771+ views
    Fox News / The Lid ^ | 12/2/09 | The Lid
    Unlike Vice President Dick Cheney, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has been relatively quiet since he left office in 2006. But part of last night's speech got Rumsfeld hot under the collar: When I took office, we had just over 32,000 Americans serving in Afghanistan, compared to 160,000 in Iraq at the peak of the war. Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive. The ever-polite Rumsfeld sent out a press release calling that statement a big fat lie:
  • Donald Rumsfeld: Threat or Menace?

    05/24/2009 11:25:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 1,222+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 25, 2009 | Randall Hoven
    Who is to blame for (1) our difficulties in Iraq, (2) the delayed Katrina response, (3) lousy relations between the US and Russia, and (4) Republicans losing the Senate?  Donald Rumsfeld, of course.  At least if you believe Robert Draper, as he writes in the June 2009 issue of GQ. "Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has always answered his detractors by claiming that history will one day judge him kindly. But as he waits for that day, a new group of critics -- his administration peers -- are suddenly speaking out for the first time. What they're saying? It isn't...
  • Rumsfeld prosecution could set precedent (Hurl-worthy histrionics)

    02/16/2009 5:12:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 1,409+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | February 17, 2009 | Cesar Chelala, M.D., Ph.D.
    NEW YORK — There is now enough evidence to try former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for war crimes, Manfred Nowak, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, recently told "Frontal 21," a German television program. Nowak's statement confirms what human rights and legal organizations have been saying for several years, and spotlights one of the Bush administration's most controversial decisions regarding the use of torture. Nowak's statement follows a bipartisan Senate Arms Services Committee investigation made public in December. In scathing and unequivocal terms, the investigation revealed that Rumsfeld and other high-ranking administration officials, including former National Security Adviser Condoleezza...
  • Doug Feith: Despite Campaign Criticism, Obama Adopting National Security Policies Similar To Bush’s

    02/02/2009 4:51:40 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 3 replies · 320+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On the occasion of the publication of the paperback version of his book, War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism, Douglas J. Feith participated in a conference call this afternoon with a number of bloggers, including FinkelBlog. Feith served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy for United States President George W. Bush. He worked closely with the President, Vice-President and Defense Secretary Cheney in formulating US policy on Iraq and Afghanistan. Highlights from Feith’s remarks: * Even though the rhetoric of the Obama campaign was harsh toward the Bush administration on...
  • Rumsfeld’s Revisionism

    11/25/2008 10:47:09 AM PST · by Jbny · 22 replies · 869+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | November 25, 2008 | Peter Wehner
    Reading former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s op-ed in the New York Times the other day reminded me of John Kennedy’s aphorism that success has a thousand fathers and defeat is an orphan. In this case, Rumsfeld is attempting to claim paternity for the so-called surge and the success we’ve witnessed in Iraq during the last 22 months. The problem is that the reality is at odds with what he is now claiming. It is not that some of the specific claims Secretary Rumsfeld makes in his op-ed aren’t accurate. He is right, for example, about the progress we were...
  • Interrogate This A tortured narrative

    04/08/2008 8:44:37 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 139+ views
    The release of another previously classified Justice Department memo on the interrogation of terrorists (here and here) has reignited the specious “torture narrative,” propounded gleefully by Bush-administration critics. The narrative holds that the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib was the direct and even intended consequence of a set of executive-branch legal opinions on the status of terrorist detainees and the president’s wartime authority. The New York Times announced in an April 4 editorial that the latest declassified memo leaves no doubt that the “abuse of prisoners” was “calculated policy” rather than “rogue acts.” “When the abuses at Abu Ghraib became...
  • Condiment (Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice for VP?)

    03/12/2008 2:27:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,853+ views
    The New Yorker | The March 17, 2008 Edition | Hendrik Hertzberg
    Cannot Post due to copyright issues: http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2008/03/17/080317taco_talk_hertzberg
  • Transcript of Roberta McCain on C-SPAN (Says son hasn't any support among GOP base)

    01/24/2008 9:09:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 12,853+ views
    Time ^ | January 24, 2008 | Mark Halperin|
    Steve Scully: This is a political question in terms of how he gets the nomination, but just from what you have seen, how much support do you think he has among the base of the Republican Party? Roberta McCain: I don’t think he has any. I don’t know what the base of the Repub–maybe I don’t know enough about it, but I’ve not seen any help whatsoever. Scully: So can he then go on and become the nominee of this party? McCain: Yes, I think holding their nose they’re going to have to take him. Scully: Can you explain? McCain:...
  • Speak Up! (Now is the time to sort things out.)[Mark Levin]

    01/20/2008 10:28:50 AM PST · by vietvet67 · 93 replies · 318+ views
    NRO ^ | January 20, 2008 | Mark R. Levin
    With all due respect, this is absurd on many levels. If John McCain is nominated and loses, it is because he doesn’t appeal to enough Americans, including the base that he has repeatedly betrayed (as Thomas Sowell puts it) over a long period of time. The suggestion that McCain and McCain alone is capable of fighting this war, given his experience, seems to be the core of the concern. Let me suggest that VDH and others who make this claim are wrong. McCain never treated Bill Cohen, Clinton’s defense secretary, with the kind of personal animus he showed Donald Rumsfeld....
  • Rumsfeld Remarks at Churchill Dinner(PATH TO VICTORY: Refashioning Institutions for 21st Century)

    11/23/2007 12:19:36 PM PST · by Stoat · 7 replies · 453+ views
    The Claremont Institute ^ | November 21, 2007 | Donald Rumsfeld
    Rumsfeld Remarks at Churchill Dinner PATH TO VICTORY Refashioning Institutions for the 21st Century Remarks by Donald H. Rumsfeld at the Claremont Institute's 20th Annual Dinner in Honor of Sir Winston Churchill, November 17, 2007.This past year has certainly provided ample entertainment for those interested in politics. The activities of Congress and the unexpected blessing of an extra year of presidential campaigning fill our newspapers, televisions, and blogs. The problem is that this entertainment tends to focus on the petty and the personal, and seems to avoid a serious discussion of the emerging challenges our country and the next...
  • Path to Victory

    11/19/2007 2:29:03 PM PST · by ReleaseTheHounds · 10 replies · 412+ views
    National Review Online ^ | Nov. 19, 2007 | Donald Rumsfeld
    Editor’s Note: Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld received the 2007 Claremont Institute’s Statesmanship Award in honor of Sir Winston S. Churchill on November 17, 2007, and delivered the following remarks (as released by the secretary, exclusively to National Review Online). This past year has certainly provided ample entertainment for those interested in politics. The activities of Congress and the unexpected blessing of an extra year of presidential campaigning fill our newspapers, televisions, and blogs. The problem is that this entertainment tends to focus on the petty and the personal, and seems to avoid a serious discussion of the emerging...
  • Don't Get Fooled Again

    09/20/2007 4:56:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 459+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | September 20, 2007 | Ted Galen Carpenter
    President Bush has endorsed General David Petraeus's recommendation to begin withdrawing 30,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by next summer. Yet the drawdown would only restore troop levels to where they were before the surge began in January 2007. In the final months of 2006, debate in Washington centered on how fast a reduction from pre-surge levels could occur. The Iraq Study Group recommended that approximately half of the 130,000 troops then in Iraq be withdrawn by early 2008. In marked contrast to that and similar proposals, President Bush is now endorsing a step that would mean a return to the...
  • VP Dick Cheney Still Leads Hardline US Foreign Policy Team

    05/23/2007 4:21:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 636+ views
    NASDAQ ^ | May 21, 2007 | Tom Raum
    Most of the war hawks who stood with President George W. Bush on Iraq are gone or departing, leaving Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney increasingly without much company in trumpeting a steely resolve. And it is Cheney who stands out as the administration's foreign-policy heavy, as Bush combines his war rhetoric with overtures to Democrats who control Congress. Bush's top ally in Iraq, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, just paid a farewell U.S. visit. The supportive leaders of Spain and Italy are long gone. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld resigned under pressure. World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz - one of...
  • DoD ACCOMPLISHMENTS SINCE 2001 ...(with Donald H. Rumsfeld)

    12/19/2006 10:09:04 AM PST · by IrishMike · 27 replies · 1,013+ views
    DoD ^ | Dec 19, 2006 | Donald H. Rumsfeld
    In the last six years, the Department has made great strides in modernizing its forces to address the threats of the 21st century. I. WAR ON TERROR Overall: A multinational coalition has liberated 50 million people in Afghanistan and Iraq, with formation of representative governments and security forces. Liberated 31 million Afghans from Taliban control and destroyed Al-Qaeda sanctuary – conquering elements that successfully fought off the Soviet Union for over nine years – and stood up a Loya Jurga governing council eight months after operations began. Liberated 26.7 million Iraqis from a brutal dictatorship and turned over sovereignty of...
  • Rumsfeld bids farewell to Pentagon

    12/08/2006 9:45:41 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies · 926+ views
    Rumsfeld bids farewell to Pentagon By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer 10 minutes ago Leaving office, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld bade a sometimes emotional farewell Friday, saying the single worst day of his nearly six years there was when he learned of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse in Iraq. Rumsfeld choked up briefly while recalling a woman in Alaska giving him a bracelet last August as a reminder of the sacrifices by soldiers of the Army's 172nd Stryker Brigade, who whose year-long tour in Iraq was extended by four months to help try to quell sectarian violence in Baghdad....
  • Exit Rumsfeld, Smiling ( another media panic attack ? )

    12/07/2006 6:50:53 AM PST · by george76 · 76 replies · 3,758+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | December 07, 2006 | Jed Babbin
    One day in the next two weeks there will be a departure ceremony at the Pentagon. Flags will fly, bands will play and the liberal media will calumniate. Should the president choose to add the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the other honors rendered, it's entirely possible that some newsrooms will have to bring in trauma therapists. The 527 Media will indulge themselves in one last feeding frenzy over the man they love to hate, Donald Rumsfeld. Mr. Rumsfeld will probably walk out of the Pentagon smiling at the thought of a job well done. His tenure has been colored...
  • A Perfect Failure (William Kristol And Robert Kagan Look At Baker Study Group Alert)

    12/04/2006 1:53:18 AM PST · by goldstategop · 17 replies · 1,205+ views
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 12/04/2006 | William Kristol and Robert Kagan
    In the frenzied final week of the Iraq Study Group's deliberations, co-chairmen James Baker and Lee Hamilton took time out to pose for a photo spread for a fashion magazine, Men's Vogue. This might seem a dubious decision given the gravity of the moment and their self-appointed roles as the nation's saviors. The "wise men" who counseled Lyndon Johnson during Vietnam and the members of the Kissinger Commission who tried to reshape Ronald Reagan's Central American policies did not sit for Annie Leibovitz in the middle of their endeavors. Nor did they hire a mega-public relations firm to sell their...
  • Trump Rips Bush Team

    11/22/2006 9:56:36 AM PST · by Maddox · 100 replies · 2,244+ views
    Local6.com ^ | November 22, 2006 | Local6.com
    Crowds who paid up to $500 to hear Donald Trump speak on how to get rich instead heard "The Donald" bashing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and questioning the competence of the Bush administration. When talk of wealth turned to politics at the private class at the Learning Annex, Trump first discussed Rice. - said. "I don't care if she's lovely. I want someone who can go and make deals. She goes to countries and nothing ever happens except sound bites." Trump also talked about outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "Look at this guy Rumsfeld," Trump said. "Millions of people...
  • IN DEFENSE OF DONALD RUMSFELD

    11/15/2006 11:19:19 AM PST · by 7thson · 18 replies · 717+ views
    I am doing a little research but want to post this and ask Freepers for opinions and help. It concerns Donald Rumsfeld. I had an argument with my brother last night concerning Rummy, who said he should have been fired three years ago. He stated he is incompetent and a micromanager and compared him to McNamara. He based his opinions on what he has read in the newspapers – ComPost and Washington Times – over the last several years. I disagreed with him, basically saying this is a new kind of war that his critics do not comprehend. My brother...