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  • 50 Former Bush Administration Alums – Including Donald Rumsfeld – Endorse Trump

    09/28/2016 1:39:48 PM PDT · by Innovative · 87 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Sept. 28, 2016 | Alex Pappas
    More than 50 alumni of the George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush GOP presidential administrations — including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and White House press secretary Ari Fleischer — have formed a coalition to express support for Republican presidential nominee Donald
  • The Donald Endorses The Donald: Rumsfeld Says Not ‘Even a Tough Call for Me,’

    07/15/2016 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 41 replies
    www.breitbart.com ^ | 15 Jul 2016 | Matthew Boyle
    Rumsfeld said: So then you look at the two choices—and as I look at Mrs. Clinton, I find her unacceptable as a presidential prospect. She is clearly corrupt. She is clearly on the wrong side of every major threat we face. She would represent another four years of the Obama administration. Can you imagine President Obama went to the Coast Guard Academy and said that the major threat facing the young graduates at the Coast Guard Academy was global warming? That’s breathtaking. I think of that and I’ve spoken to the Academies over the years and what an unfortunate thing...
  • Donald Rumsfeld says endorsing Trump ‘wasn’t hard decision’

    06/22/2016 5:44:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The New York Post ^ | June 22, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    Donald Rumsfeld, a key architect of the Iraq war, announced Wednesday that he’s supporting Donald Trump, one of its biggest critics. The former defense secretary in the George W. Bush administration said he’s never met Trump, but he’s certainly preferable to Hillary clinton. “I don’t even find it a hard decision,” he said. Rumsfeld pooh-poohed the candidate’s accusations that the Bush administration lied to get the country into war. “I’m 83 years old, I’ve been through a lot of elections, and I’ve never found anyone that I’ve agreed with 100 percent of the time,” Rumsfeld said....
  • (24 Jan 2016) Report: Rumsfeld Didn't Share Key Report on Iraq WMD

    02/15/2016 2:05:15 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 24 Jan 2016 9:43 AM | By Greg Richter
    A September 2002 report by the Joint Chiefs of Staff detailing a lack of evidence for Iraq's chemical weapons program was seen by then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, but was not shared with everyone in the George W. Bush administration, Politico reports."Please take a look at this material as to what we don’t know about WMD. It is big," Rumsfeld wrote to Joint Chiefs Chairman General Richard Myers. But it is not clear the report, which weakened the administration's argument for an invasion of Iraq, was seen by anyone else on the Bush team. Instead, Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and...
  • Pentagon Warlord (Donald Rumsfeld)

    01/27/2003 1:07:19 PM PST · by Utah Girl · 15 replies · 189+ views
    Time.com | http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101030127/nrummy.html | MARK THOMPSON and MICHAEL DUFFY
    Donald Rumsfeld's secret plan to defeat Saddam relies on special forces, a new high-tech weapon and a defense secretary involved in every detailDefense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld speaks to the media in front of a B-2 stealth bomber Nearly every day now, working from the stand-up desk in his spacious Pentagon E-Ring office, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pores over a secret document known only to a tight circle of U.S. officials: Deployment Order No. 177. Although it might sound like a one-pager that needs only a quick review, No. 177 is a series of documents, each 10 to 20 pages...
  • Rumsfeld, Hostettler Warn US Borders at Risk toTerrorism

    11/16/2004 10:40:03 PM PST · by AuntB · 130 replies · 1,644+ views
    CNN.com/Lou Dobbs Tonight ^ | Nov. 16, 2004 | Lou Dobbs
    DOBBS: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is warning of the threat of terrorists entering this country through the same routes as those used by illegal aliens. Secretary Rumsfeld, traveling in South America, warned that enemies look for weaknesses and take advantage of them. DONALD RUMSFELD: The risk is that some of these human-smuggling routes into our country from this hemisphere could be used just as easily for terrorists. ~snip~ REP. JOHN HOSTETTLER (R-IN), CHAIRMAN, SUBCOMMITTEE ON IMMIGRATION AND BORDER SECURITY: : Well, the House will not be taking up in a positive sense guest worker legislation. We know that this is...
  • Donald Rumsfeld: Donald Trump has 'touched a nerve in our country'

    01/25/2016 6:18:27 AM PST · by RummyChick · 32 replies
    Today ^ | 1/25 | Eun Kyung Kim
    ... "We were never close. He was kind of 'to the manor born' and I wasn't," he said, adding that he also questioned the motivation and timing of the criticism. "I didn't think it was complimentary of his son, George W. Bush, and I didn't think it was very helpful to his other son, who's running for president, so I thought it was a strange thing for him to be doing," Rumsfeld said, who also took a stab at why Jeb Bush's campaign had failed to catch fire. "I suppose there are some people that are uncomfortable with a dynasty,"...
  • George H.W. Bush Settles Old Scores With Cheney and Rumsfeld

    11/05/2015 6:58:58 PM PST · by lbryce · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 5, 2015 | David Graham
    One of the benefits of being 91 is you don’t have to hold back anymore—you can say what you want. And in a new biography, former President George H.W. Bush tells Jon Meacham just what he thinks about Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld’s work in his son’s administration, as reported by Fox News and The New York Times. “He just became very hard-line and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with,” the elder Bush said of the man who served as his secretary of defense. “Just iron-ass. His seeming knuckling under to the real hard-charging guys...
  • Former President George H.W. Bush raps Cheney, Rumsfeld in biography

    11/04/2015 7:01:17 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 45 replies
    One America News Network ^ | November 4, 2015 | Eric Walsh
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former President George H.W. Bush takes some unexpected swipes at Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, key members of his son’s administration, over their reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks, in a new biography of the 41st president, Fox News reported on Wednesday. In “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey Of George Herbert Walker Bush,” author Jon Meacham quotes Bush as saying that Cheney and Rumsfeld were too hawkish and that their harsh stance damaged the reputation of the United States, the cable news network said. Speaking of Cheney, who was vice president under President George W. Bush,...
  • Rumsfeld Reportedly Says 'Unrealistic’ for Bush to Pursue Democracy in Iraq

    06/10/2015 5:09:51 AM PDT · by lbryce · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 9,2015 | Staff
    Donald Rumsfeld, one of the leading architects of the Iraq war, reportedly said in a recent interview that then-President George W. Bush was "unrealistic" to pursue democracy in the country. Rumsfeld, who served as Bush's defense secretary from 2001 to 2006, allegedly made the comments in an interview with the Times of London. "I'm not one who thinks that our particular template of democracy is appropriate for other countries at every moment of their histories," Rumsfeld is quoted as saying. "The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when...
  • Rumsfeld: ‘Unrealistic’ for Bush to pursue democracy in Iraq

    06/09/2015 7:17:30 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 60 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 9, 2015 | FoxNews
    Donald Rumsfeld, one of the leading architects of the Iraq war, said in a recent interview that then-President George W. Bush was "unrealistic" to pursue democracy in the country. *snip * "The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words."
  • The White House Cabal (Major Barf Alert)

    10/25/2005 2:00:18 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 17 replies · 760+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 25, 2005 | LAWRENCE B. WILKERSON
    LAWRENCE B. WILKERSON served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin L. Powell from 2002 to 2005. IN PRESIDENT BUSH'S first term, some of the most important decisions about U.S. national security — including vital decisions about postwar Iraq — were made by a secretive, little-known cabal. It was made up of a very small group of people led by Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. When I first discussed this group in a speech last week at the New American Foundation in Washington, my comments caused a significant stir because I had been chief...
  • MSM Recycles anti-W story: Former aide to Powell opens fire on US administration

    12/24/2005 3:18:34 PM PST · by pittsburgh gop guy · 21 replies · 1,073+ views
    AFP/Yahoo News ^ | Sat Dec 24,12:34 PM ET | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The former top aide to then-secretary of state Colin Powell has reportedly emerged as an increasingly high-profile and vocal critic of US administration policy at home and abroad. Lawrence Wilkerson, who was Powell's chief-of-staff, "says his decision to speak in the open about the policy wars of the first Bush term was slow in coming, but a major factor was the revelations about Abu Ghraib, which he said he realized ... had resulted from decisions on prisoner treatment and intelligence set shortly after September 11, 2001," the New York Times reported. "What I saw was a cabal...
  • Rumsfeld: I'm amazed at the administration's rudeness

    02/26/2015 10:14:57 AM PST · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Thursday February 26, 2015 | Boaz Bismuth
    Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Israel Hayom that the American administration's negative focus on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming visit is an "unfortunate distraction" from the important issue -- the Iranian threat. Less than a week before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Israel Hayom that the focus on Netanyahu's visit rather than on his message is an "unfortunate distraction" from the important issue -- the Iranian threat. "I find it stunning to see the comments out of the White House on this issue,"...
  • Bad Moon Risen: Leakers 'Purest' Motives; 'Opposite of Plame'; 'Radicalization' of Foreign Policy

    01/03/2006 5:23:36 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 52 replies · 1,759+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein January 3, 2006 - 07:58 Katie Couric's just-completed interview with NY Times Reporter James Risen, who broke the NSA surveillance story and is now publishing his book on the matter, 'State of War,' offered a treasure-trove of insights into the matter. And give Katie a gentlelady's 'C' for her questioning. Couric earned the bulk of her credit by posing this seminal line of questioning: "Did [the leakers] have any sympathy or understanding about this new climate this country finds itself in and the criticism the Bush administration took prior to 9/11 for not putting the pieces together...
  • In Which We Wonder About Things

    08/27/2014 7:14:28 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-27-2014 | MOTUS
    My high school physics teacher used to tell us that in order to understand physics you first had to be curious.   His First Directive was “wonder about things.”  I bring this up only because it is a source of constant amazement to me how uncurious everyone around Big White is - and by “everyone”  I do mean EVERYWON. They receive a lot of information in their newsfeed that they tweet, text and Instagram on to others, along with an original witticism when the spirit moves them. If the “news” comes from a trusted source, i.e. somebody in their Twittersphere, they...
  • Absolutely Nothing: A Veteran’s Savage Indictment of the Iraq War (Major Barf Alert)

    06/18/2014 7:34:23 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    Juan Cole.com ^ | 6/18/2014 | Jim Wright
    Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing. - Mitt Romney, “Ideas Summit,” 6/13/2014 All we fought for in Iraq. All we fought for in Iraq is on the cusp of vanishing. That’s what Mitt Romney says. We fought for. We fought for. We. Oh, so it’s we now, is it, Mitt? We. I must have missed you over there, but it was a busy place. We. The guy who helped set up “pro-draft” rallies and yet somehow managed to avoid service in Vietnam is...
  • No Rutgers, Condoleezza Rice is not a war criminal, And neither are Cheney and Rumsfeld

    05/23/2014 12:23:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    The Week ^ | 05/23 | Damon Linker
    Reader responses to my column about this year's commencement follies ranged widely, as always. But there were nonetheless certain patterns. The most common one was this: indifference about Brandeis dumping Ayaan Hirsi Ali, irritation at protesters for persuading Christine Lagarde to back out of speaking at Smith, and lots of support for those who got Condoleezza Rice to cancel her appearance at the Rutgers graduation ceremony. Why were many readers cheered by the outcome in Condi's case but not the others? Because she's a "war criminal." To which my response is: No, she isn't. I say this to the legion...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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."
  • Rumsfeld: Clinton Was Responsible for Lack of Protection in Benghazi

    02/16/2014 11:02:50 AM PST · by Faith · 21 replies
    The Foundry - Heritage Foundation Blog ^ | Feb. 15, 2014 | Helle Dale
    Donald Rumsfeld, a man who doesn’t mince his words, placed the blame for the Benghazi disaster squarely on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview posted by Breitbart TV on Thursday. ~excerpt~ http://blog.heritage.org/2014/02/15/rumsfeld-clinton-responsible-lack-protection-benghazi/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
  • Thanks for the Job, Mr. Rumsfeld

    01/04/2014 4:57:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | John Ransom
    When I was in high school, one of my part-time jobs was driving a hotel van to and from the airport for the Howard Johnson in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago. It was a great job. I got to know a ton of different types of people. To this day, it’s the second favorite job I ever had. One type of person that I got to know driving to and from O’Hare International Airport were pharmaceutical sales reps from a company, also headquartered in Skokie, called Searle Pharmaceutical. Searle, like a lot of companies in the...
  • 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...
  • With Apologies to Secretary Rumsfeld: You Go to War with the Clowns You’ve Got

    09/06/2013 10:57:56 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-6-2013 | MOTUS
     Oh-oh! As reported by both leftist and righteous on-line sources, Syrian rebels have admitted to using chemical weapons in pursuit of Osama Bin Laden’s directive to kill women and children. This doesn’t sound good for the regime, the Syrian regime I mean, butt since you brought it up, it doesn’t sound good for our regime either. The Cheese stands aloneAccordingly, war plans are kind of stalled for the moment, as they are being re-tooled (by the hour, as reported by Pentagon sources). Indeed, there’s even a growing lack of enthusiasm among our former varsity cheer leading squad: Rather than rallying...
  • Rumsfeld Slams Obama On Syria, Calls Him Weakest President In His Lifetime

    09/03/2013 9:30:24 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    NBCNews ^ | September 03, 2013 | M. Alex Johnson
    Rumsfeld Slams Obama On Syria, Calls Him Weakest President In His Lifetime By M. Alex Johnson Deriding President Barack Obama as the weakest president "in my adult lifetime," former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called on the White House on Tuesday to fish or cut bait in Syria. Rumsfeld said there could be no middle ground in Syria: "You either ought to change the regime, or you ought to do nothing," he said during a question-and-answer session after a lecture at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich. In his customarily colorful way, Rumsfeld, 81, picked away at...
  • 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...
  • Rumsfeld blasts Obama's 'blame America' mind-set

    10/03/2012 10:29:31 AM PDT · by lward99 · 2 replies
    Times247 ^ | 10/3/12 | Times247
    This is an administration in which the lawyers, academics and the wordsmiths who populate their ranks characterize acts of terrorism as “man-caused disasters” and the Fort Hood killings as “workplace violence.” They use phrases like “leading from behind,” or “transnational governance” and “pooling” our nation’s sovereignty with other countries. They seem to believe America’s policies should be based on an international consensus of the nations that dominate the U.N. General Assembly, instead of on our Constitution and the decisions of our elected representatives Read more: http://times247.com/#ixzz28Fu2j7jS
  • Rumsfeld: Non-interventionist libertarians would make world ‘less safe’

    09/08/2012 1:55:25 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 44 replies
    Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld attacked libertarians on Wednesday, suggesting their anti-interventionist positions would result in a more a dangerous world if put into practice. “I have no doubt that if the people of that persuasion who are against, who are non-interventionist if you will... if they prevail I think the world will be a less safe place,” Rumsfeld said in an exclusive interview with Campus Reform earlier this week.
  • Why I Like Donald Rumsfeld …

    08/06/2012 8:41:41 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 6 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 8-5-2012 | Dan Friedman
    Rumsfeld: Israel shouldn’t tell the US before striking IranFormer U.S. defense secretary tells Fox News that international sanctions have had no impact on the Iranian regime • Given leaks at White House, Rumsfeld says he would not notify U.S. of Iran plans if he were in the Israeli government.
  • Rumsfeld Speaks Former Defense Secretary: American weakness is dangerous

    07/02/2012 5:08:25 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 6 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | July 2 2012
    Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, in a rare public speech, warned that American military and financial weakness is creating a more dangerous and unstable world. Rumsfeld also said the U.S. government, both Congress and the executive branch, is dysfunctional and ill-suited for the information age. He called for creating a blue-ribbon commission to modernize the administrative functions of government agencies and institutions in both branches. The former defense secretary during the George W. Bush administration said he was asked recently what keeps him awake at night. “What I worry about most today is American weakness,” Rumsfeld told a conference...
  • Rumsfeld hits Law of Sea Treaty

    06/14/2012 2:24:59 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 14, 2012 | Kristina Wong
    Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Thursday argued against ratifying the Law of the Sea Treaty, calling the royalties that U.S. companies would have to pay under the pact “a new idea of enormous consequence.” Under the treaty, industrialized countries would pay royalties to lesser developed nations for profits made while exploiting unclaimed energy resources, Mr. Rumsfeld told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. He said this type of wealth redistribution is a “novelty with no clear limits” that also could be applied to space resources in the future.
  • Ex-Defense chief Rumsfeld to face off with military brass over Law of the Sea

    06/08/2012 11:18:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 8, 2012 | Julian Pecquet
    Donald Rumsfeld is returning to Capitol Hill next week to testify against the United States joining the United Nations's Law of the Sea treaty, pitting him squarely against the military brass that he used to command as former President George W. Bush's secretary of Defense. Rumsfeld's testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is especially relevant because he was former President Reagan's emissary against the treaty back in 1982, when international momentum was for it. Proponents of the treaty have been trotting out former Reagan officials — former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Deputy National Security Adviser John Negroponte...
  • 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...
  • What a Cain Administration Might Look Like

    11/15/2011 12:50:32 PM PST · by mdittmar · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 15, 2011 | RICHARD A. OPPEL JR
    While Herman Cain’s foreign policy stumbles have raised questions about his command of the facts, he says he would consult with military officials and other expert advisers to guide him through the thicket of world affairs.So who might advise a President Cain? Henry Kissinger, the 88-year-old former secretary of state, has already turned down returning to that job in a Cain administration, the candidate says.“He said he’s perfectly happy doing what he’s doing,” Mr. Cain told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.In a new video excerpt posted on the newspaper’s Web site, Mr. Cain responds to a question from editors and reporters...
  • Inspector general: Bush-era Pentagon officials cleared of wrongdoing

    09/24/2011 7:45:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2011 | Rowan Scarborough
    A three-year government investigation has found no wrongdoing by Bush-era Pentagon officials when they gave war briefings to retired military analysts who served as TV and radio commentators. The probe by the Pentagon inspector general was a response to a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning article in the New York Times that implied the former military officers, some of whom worked for or were defense contractors, received financial favors in return for their commentary and that they were tools in a propaganda campaign. Sources familiar with the IG’s final report said it will say officials broke no rules or laws when they...
  • PAUL KRUGMAN: The Years of Shame

    09/11/2011 8:30:49 AM PDT · by SomeCallMeTim · 93 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 11, 2011 | Paul Krugman
    September 11, 2011, 8:41 am The Years of Shame ... The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it. I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.
  • After reading Krugman’s 9/11 piece, Rumsfeld cancels subscription to New York Times

    09/12/2011 7:49:22 AM PDT · by SanFranDan · 22 replies
    twiter.com ^ | 9/12/11 | Donald Rumsfeld
    After reading Krugman’s repugnant piece on 9/11, I cancelled my subscription to the New York Times this AM. Twitter via Drudge
  • Rumsfeld Cancels New York Times subscription over 'repugnant' Krugman piece

    09/12/2011 7:55:13 AM PDT · by KansasGirl · 57 replies · 1+ views
    Twitter via Drudge Report ^ | 9/12/11 | Rumsfeld
    After reading Krugman’s repugnant piece on 9/11, I cancelled my subscription to the New York Times this AM.--Donald Rumsfeld 52 minutes ago
  • Rumsfeld: Attack Imminent If Congress Cuts Defense

    09/10/2011 12:00:30 PM PDT · by Clairity · 61 replies
    Human Events ^ | Sept. 10, 2011 | Jason Mattera
    Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned that it will only be a matter of time before America endures another terrorist attack if Congress ends up blaming the defense budget for this country's red ink woes. "The Department of Defense is not what's causing the debt and the deficit. It's the entitlement programs," he told HUMAN EVENTS in an exclusive interview. "If we make that mistake, we're doomed to suffer another attack of some kind, and our intelligence will be less strong and less effective." Before legislators attempt to take out the nation's crushing debt on the Defense Department, they must...
  • 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...
  • 10 things you didn’t know about Dick Cheney

    08/30/2011 6:34:03 AM PDT · by martosko · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/30/2011 | Alex Pappas
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney says his book, which hits bookstores Tuesday, will make heads explode. While early leaks of the manuscript have focused on revelations about rifts among officials in the Bush administration, The Daily Caller has combed through the 527 pages of his autobiography, “In My Time,” in search of nuggets you may not have known about Cheney. Here’s what we’ve learned: Cheney thought the military had taken down passenger planes on 9/11Cheney laid out reasons why he shouldn’t be VP before being pickedDonald Rumsfeld once rejected Cheney as an internCheney’s first heart attack dates back to his...
  • Talking the Hawk: Regarding Rick Perry's Foreign Policy

    08/11/2011 8:01:20 PM PDT · by Clairity · 106 replies
    American Spectator ^ | Aug 11, 2011 | Reid Smith
    With Perry's candidacy looming, some of us international relations wonks have begun to take note of his foreign policy positions. In a 2009 debate against primary opponent Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Perry plainly stated that his faith required him to support Israel. This latter statement was bolstered by his trip to the Holy Land where he accepted the Defender of Jerusalem Award before breaking bread with then-President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. As governor, Perry has suggested the deployment of American troops to Mexico to control drug violence and proceeded with the execution of a Mexican citizen, despite impassioned...
  • Court upholds lawsuit accusing Rumsfeld of being responsible for torture of 2 Americans

    08/08/2011 3:24:53 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 13 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | Monday, August 8, 4:25 PM
    CHICAGO — A court says two Americans who worked for an Iraqi contracting firm can move forward with a lawsuit accusing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of being responsible for U.S. forces allegedly torturing them. The ruling Monday from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago a rejects arguments that Rumsfeld should be immune from such lawsuits for work performed as a Cabinet secretary.
  • Judge Allows American Ex-Contractor to Sue Rumsfeld Over Torture Claims

    08/03/2011 3:01:15 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 20 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | August 03, 2011 | Associated Press
    A federal judge says former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld can be sued personally for damages by a former U.S. military contractor who says he was tortured during nine months in prison in Iraq.
  • Rumsfeld had role in Perry meeting

    07/20/2011 5:47:03 PM PDT · by Clairity · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | July 20, 2011 | Ben Smith
    Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped organize Rick Perry's foreign policy and national security briefing in Austin last Wednesday, Rumsfeld's staff confirmed today. Perry's aides have been tight-lipped about the gathering, which National Review reported included former Rumsfeld aides Doug Feith, Daniel Fata, and William Luti, as well as the magazine's Andrew McCarthy and others. He (Rumsfeld) is watching the current field with interest and is particularly interested in the candidates' positions on foreign and national security policy and their prospects in winning in November 2012.
  • 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.
  • Donal Rumsfeld: The Peril of Deep Defense Cuts

    07/01/2011 6:36:22 AM PDT · by Clairity · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 30, 2011 | Donald Rumsfeld
    It will be tempting to accede to the White House's proposal to carve out $400 billion, if not more, from the national security budget by 2023. It would also be a grievous mistake. The critical difference between today and past eras, however, is that the proliferation of biological, chemical and even nuclear weapons means that America's margin for error is considerably more modest. Defense spending is now 19% of federal outlays and declining. This is the lowest percentage since before World War II. At 4.7% of GDP, the defense budget is dwarfed by the cost of Social Security, Medicare and...