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  • Donald Rumsfeld reflects on writing of memoir

    01/24/2011 4:40:20 AM PST · by careyb · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 1/24/11 | Donald Rumsfeld
    WASHINGTON – If the memoir of Donald Rumsfeld, among the most powerful and controversial secretaries of defense, catches on with readers and critics, he could cite one of his many "Rumsfeld's Rules": "The harder I work, the luckier I am." When Rumsfeld began thinking about his book, "Known and Unknown," he imagined a more typical Washington release: a quick, impressionistic story based on whatever he recalled. Instead, he and a team of six aides worked four years on what became a 700-page narrative, with an additional 100-plus pages of end notes. Dozens of books were consulted and thousands of documents...
  • Rumsfeld: 'Similar rush to judgment' in 1963

    01/11/2011 4:52:01 PM PST · by pissant · 9 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1/11/11 | staff
    Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Tweeted this message today comparing Tucson's events and the mood around the JFK assassination: "Joyce & I are praying for all those felled by evil in Tucson. We saw a similar rush to judgment w/o facts in Dallas in 1963."
  • New Trier Hall of Fame, Rumsfeld In, Emanuel Out

    12/02/2010 8:59:46 AM PST · by PBRCat · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 2, 2010 | Staff
    Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, actor Rainn Wilson and ex-Playboy executive Christie Hefner are among the entering class in New Trier Township High School's alumni Hall of Honor awards. Among those not making the cut were actress Ann-Margaret and Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel. The honorees were said to embody the Winnetka school's mission "to commit minds to inquiry, hearts to compassion and lives to the service of humanity."
  • PROMISES, PROMISES: No amends yet for Abu Ghraib? (barf)

    09/26/2010 9:21:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    AOL News ^ | 26/10/10 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON -Fending off demands that he resign over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress in 2004 that he had found a legal way to compensate Iraqi detainees who suffered "grievous and brutal abuse and cruelty at the hands of a few members of the United States armed forces." "It's the right thing to do," Rumsfeld said. "And it is my intention to see that we do." Six years later, the U.S. Army is unable to document a single payment for prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. Nor can the more than 250 Iraqis or their...
  • Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of Army officer's memoir

    09/25/2010 7:16:24 PM PDT · by Justaham · 55 replies · 2+ views
    CNN ^ | 9-25-10 | Chris Lawrence and Padma Rama
    Washington (CNN) -- The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday. "DoD decided to purchase copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham said. In a statement to CNN, Cunningham said defense officials observed the September 20 destruction of about 9,500 copies of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer's new memoir "Operation Dark Heart." Shaffer says he was notified Friday about the Pentagon's purchase. "The whole...
  • 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...
  • Rummy on Freedom

    06/26/2010 5:43:28 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Nat'l Review ^ | June 25, 2010
    Former Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld made remarks at a Pentagon ceremony today unveiling his portrait. Here is some of what he said: Some might ask how our country has endured? Well, it should be no mystery. It is because we are a free people, blessed with a free political and a free economic system – Where we are: free to think and act; to believe and protest; to vote and petition; and, yes free to succeed, to fail, and to start again. The night satellite image of the Korean Peninsula, my favorite as many of you know well, captured many...
  • Rumsfeld Says America is Servicemembers’ Gift to Future

    06/25/2010 12:54:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 25, 2010 – America exists and prospers because members of the U.S. armed forces step forward and protect it, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today. "In a very real sense,” he said, “America is their gift to the future." Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, right, addresses the audience while former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld looks on during Rumsfeld's portrait unveiling ceremony at the Pentagon, June 25, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “This country – which has treated me so well – exists and prospers because the members...
  • Hawks for Dissent A pro-Iraq war ex-soldier defends the generals who took on Rumsfeld.

    06/22/2010 7:12:55 AM PDT · by milwguy · 4 replies
    washington monthly ^ | june 2006 | ralph peters
    Americans who care about our country should be very skeptical of the administration's line that no military dissent--not even from retirees--is ever permissible. As a nation, we need to ask ourselves some very uncomfortable questions about the rise of hyper-political defense secretaries, the politicization of military affairs by both Republicans and Democrats, the isolation of the president from frank military advice and civilian interference in the smallest details of combat operations. Each of these men played by the rules, retiring before speaking out. None prejudiced good order. Not one stands to profit from his courage (quite the contrary).
  • Don Rumsfeld and Keynes on Probability

    02/16/2010 6:13:41 AM PST · by mattstat · 5 replies · 519+ views
    In 2003, ex-sailor and then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, said the following: As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know. Many in the mainstream press chuckled warmly upon hearing this. “What a typical, right-wing dolt!” they thought to themselves. Some said so out loud. For a brief while, it was enough to induce a laugh among our betters...
  • Rumsfeld buys Montana ranch south of Butte

    12/18/2009 12:03:28 PM PST · by pissant · 17 replies · 1,091+ views
    Spokesman Review ^ | 12/18/09 | staff
    BUTTE — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his wife have purchased a 940-acre ranch on the Big Hole River in Montana’s Madison County, his spokesman confirmed Thursday. “Mrs. (Joyce) Rumsfeld was born in Montana, she has relatives in the state and the Rumsfelds have always thought very well of the state,” spokesman Keith Urbahn told The Montana Standard Thursday. “They plan to spend some time out there to enjoy it.” The property south of Twin Bridges includes hayfields, wetlands and river frontage. Urbahn said the Rumsfelds have no plans to develop the property. “He enjoys outdoor sports, and...
  • Rumsfeld buys area ranch (Sec Rumsfeld, Montana)

    12/17/2009 10:53:16 PM PST · by This_far · 10 replies · 688+ views
    Montana Standard ^ | 12/17/2009 | Nick Gevock
    Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has bought a 940-acre ranch along the Big Hole River. Keith Urbahn, a spokesman for Rumsfeld, said Donald and his wife Joyce Rumsfeld intend to keep the property largely as is. "Mrs. Rumsfeld was born in Montana, she has relatives in the state and the Rumsfelds have always thought very well of the state," he said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. "They plan to spend some time out there to enjoy it." The property in Madison County on Burma Road south of Twin Bridges includes hayfields, wetlands and frontage on the Big...
  • Rumsfeld sees and raises on Afghanistan.

    12/07/2009 7:24:36 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 15 replies · 1,078+ views
    Red State ^ | 12-7-09 | Moe Lane
    Rumsfeld sees and raises on Afghanistan by Moe Lane Monday, December 7th Walking through this one: Last week former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reacted strongly to the White House’s allegation that military commanders in Afghanistan were denied troop requests under the previous administration.  Actually, that’s too weak a statement: Rumsfeld denied that anything of the sort had happened under his watch.Which, in point of fact, it did not: the administration was referring to events in 2008 - under Rumsfeld’s successor, Robert Gates (who is also the current SecDef, by the way) - and said events can be more accurately...
  • Rumsfeld Cries Foul On Obama Claim Troop Requests for Afghanistan Were Denied

    12/02/2009 11:23:13 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 21 replies · 1,464+ views
    Fox ^ | 12/2/2009 | Fox News
    Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday lashed out at President Obama for claiming the Bush administration rebuffed commanders' repeated requests for more troops in Afghanistan. In a rare break in his public silence since leaving the Pentagon, Rumsfeld rejected the claim as a "bald misstatement" and "disservice" that cannot go unanswered. "Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as secretary of defense, deserves a response," Rumsfeld said in a written statement. "I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006." The president leveled the charge in...
  • Rumsfeld Calls Out Obama on Afghanistan Speech

    12/02/2009 9:14:49 AM PST · by American Number 181269513 · 17 replies · 1,760+ views
    Human Events ^ | December 2, 2009 | Human Events
    Responding to President Obama’s address on Afghanistan yesterday, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld issued the following statement: “In his speech to the nation last night, President Obama claimed that ‘Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive.’ Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as Secretary of Defense, deserves a response.” “I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006. If any such requests occurred, ‘repeated’ or not, the White House should promptly...
  • Rumsfeld Calls Out Obama on Afghanistan Speech

    12/02/2009 9:14:38 AM PST · by American Number 181269513 · 20 replies · 884+ views
    Human Events ^ | December 2, 2009 | Human Events
    Responding to President Obama’s address on Afghanistan yesterday, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld issued the following statement: “In his speech to the nation last night, President Obama claimed that ‘Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive.’ Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as Secretary of Defense, deserves a response.” “I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006. If any such requests occurred, ‘repeated’ or not, the White House should promptly...
  • Rumsfeld decision let Bin Laden escape: Senate report

    11/29/2009 9:26:13 AM PST · by Schnucki · 68 replies · 2,709+ views
    France 24 ^ | November 29, 2009
    Osama bin Laden was within the grasp of US forces in late 2001 and could have been caught if then-defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld hadn't rejected calls for reinforcements, a hard-hitting US Senate report says. The report, set for release Monday, is intended to help learn the lessons of the past as President Barack Obama prepares to announce a major escalation of the conflict, now in its ninth year, with up to 35,000 more US troops. It points the finger directly at Rumsfeld for turning down requests for reinforcements as Bin Laden was trapped in caves and tunnels in a mountainous...
  • Van Jones Mocks Rumsfeld For Resigning, Says He's "Serving Behind The Counter At Wendy's" (video)

    09/06/2009 7:34:43 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies · 751+ views
    Mere Rhetoric ^ | Sept. 5, 2009 | Omri Ceren
    Because that's apparently where you go when you're forced out of the White House. The only difference being that Rumsfeld resigned in dignity, noting that he had obviously lost the confidence of the American people. Van Jones not so much: Van Jones, special adviser for green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, resigned Saturday, following weeks of pressure from the right and a flurry of revelations about his past statements."I am resigning my post at the Council on Environmental Quality, effective today," Jones said in a statement dated Sept 5 released around midnight on Sept 6. "On...
  • GOP senator warns against pulling a 'Rumsfeld' [Graham on Afghanistan]

    08/09/2009 1:37:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies · 2,482+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-08-09
    WASHINGTON — A Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee says more troops are needed in Afghanistan and is warning that the U.S. must not 'Rumsfeld' the war.
  • Do ya think he's sexy? At nearly 70, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is TV's newest stud

    12/29/2001 6:30:47 AM PST · by veronica · 158 replies · 2,387+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/29/01 | Beth Gillin
    He's vigorous. He's direct. At nearly 70, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is TV's newest stud. Forget The Guardian's Simon Baker, Smallville's Tom Welling, or 24's Kiefer Sutherland. The sexiest man on television is a grandpop with a throaty laugh and a confidence so overpowering it's made entire countries go weak in the knees. No doubt about it, Donald Rumsfeld is a stud muffin. Oh sure, he's a bespectacled government bureaucrat pushing 70. But the secretary of defense has a quality that many women adore. He's as self-assured as a bull in a cow pasture. Next to this ex-Navy flyboy and ...
  • U.N. Threatens Prosecution of Rumsfeld, Bush Over Gitmo (UN out of US!)

    06/06/2009 5:02:02 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 35 replies · 1,118+ views
    News Max ^ | Wednesday, June 3, 2009 2:15 PM | Staff
    GENEVA — Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld could be in trouble soon for the role he played in human rights abuses committed in the Guantanamo prison, a United Nations expert said Wednesday. "In a year or two, his responsibilities will be established. Wherever he goes, he will face difficulties," Leandro Despouy, who is special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, told journalists in Geneva.
  • 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...
  • Pentagon Briefings No Longer Quote the Bible

    05/19/2009 10:56:19 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies · 1,175+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 19, 2009
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Monday it no longer includes a Bible quote on the cover page of daily intelligence briefings it sends to the White House as was practice during the Bush administration. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said he did not know how long the Worldwide Intelligence Update cover sheets quoted from the Bible. Air Force Maj. Gen. Glen Shaffer, who was responsible for including them, retired in August 2003, according to his biography. For a period in 2003, at least, the daily reports prepared for President George W. Bush carried quotes from the books of Psalms and Ephesians...
  • Maureen Dowd: Cheney Grabs a Third Term (fine by me, Modo Bird!)

    05/20/2009 4:21:55 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 28 replies · 1,092+ views
    It isn’t so much that Dick and Rummy are back. It’s that they never left. They had no intention of turning America’s national security over to the Boy Wonder. The two best infighters in Washington history weren’t yielding turf to a bunch of peach-fuzz pinkos who side with terrorists. Let W. work out at the S.M.U. gym in Dallas, waiting for history to redeem him; Dick and Rummy are leaning forward into history, as they always do. Cheney is tawny with TV makeup; there’s no point taking it off. The gigs are nonstop, and he has a big Obama-bashing speech...
  • GQ report blames Rumsfeld for military delay after Katrina (Hit piece on Rummy)

    05/20/2009 1:59:15 PM PDT · by balch3 · 67 replies · 1,503+ views ^ | May 18, 2009 | Times-Picayune
    A report on the GQ magazine Web site is quoting unnamed former Bush administration official as blaming former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for many failures, including a delay in military assistance in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The report says "in speaking with the former Bush officials, it becomes evident that Rumsfeld impaired administration performance on a host of matters extending well beyond Iraq to impact America's relations with other nations, the safety of our troops, and the response to Hurricane Katrina. The Washington Monthly highlights more of Robert Draper's article in GQ: "[T]hree years later, when I asked a...
  • Rumsfeld disputes GQ report

    05/19/2009 8:33:56 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 14 replies · 1,494+ views
    Politico ^ | 5-19-09 | Ben Smith
    An aide to former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Keith Urbahn, e-mails to contest a widely discussed GQ article by Robert Draper, which suggested that Rumsfeld "appreciated" the practice of quoting Biblical quotations on the cover sheets of classified briefings, and that Rumsfeld brought the briefings to President Bush. Urbahn e-mails that the briefings in question were not routinely sent to Rumsfeld, and that Rumsfeld considers the cover slides "harmful and counterproductive to the war effort." Urbahn's full e-mail: The slides in the “World Intelligence Update” were prepared on a daily basis by military personnel serving on the Joint Staff, which...
  • The gospel according to Rumsfeld: Bush era comes back to haunt Obama (Mild Barf Alert)

    05/18/2009 2:45:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 1,581+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | May 18, 2009 | John Ibbitson
    The fight over national security increasingly threatens to drag the United States into a political civil war that could also fracture Barack Obama's political base. It is turning the President's own Democratic allies into potential enemies, while undermining his domestic priorities in health care and energy reform. Yesterday, New York Times columnist Frank Rich pointed all eyes to the website of Gentleman's Quarterly, which has posted a series of cover sheets to ultra-top-secret intelligence updates that former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld used to prepare daily for former president George W. Bush. It turns out that the cover sheets routinely showed...
  • Biblical Quotes Said to Adorn Pentagon Reports

    05/17/2009 8:37:37 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 1,065+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 18, 2009 | David E. Sanger
    A series of cover sheets for intelligence reports written for Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and other senior Pentagon officials during the early days of the war in Iraq in 2003 were adorned with biblical quotations, and appeared Sunday, six years later, on the Web site of GQ magazine. The daily briefings were called the “Worldwide Intelligence Update,” one of several intelligence reports compiled overnight and presented in a folder for Mr. Rumsfeld and other officials as they came to work. In the selection of the cover sheets that GQ placed on its Web site, photographs of soldiers praying...
  • Donald Rumsfeld covered Iraq briefing papers with Biblical texts

    05/17/2009 8:34:38 PM PDT · by Irish Rose · 53 replies · 1,651+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 17 May 2009 | Alex Spillius
    Donald Rumsfeld covered Iraq briefing papers with Biblical texts According to a report in GQ magazine the religious texts were imposed over pictures of the US armed forces engaged in the war. Shown to only a small circle of senior advisers, the pages were first used on the eve of the 2003 invasion and were designed to provide support and encouragement to Mr Bush, a Christian who often cited the Bible while in office. Some Pentagon officials feared that if the documents were leaked at the height of the conflict, the use of Christian language to justify the invasion of...
  • Democratic Underground Thugs Are All Up In Rummy's Grill, Like (video)

    05/14/2009 7:51:22 AM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 9 replies · 557+ views
    Evil Conservative Radio ^ | 14 May 2009 | EC
    Watching this clip I just couldn't help but wonder how on Earth Donald Rumsfeld manages to remain so composed. Apparently the Democratic Underground is behind this episode of harassment. Ahhh, maybe it's not harassment anyway. After all, they're just doing what Obama said... "getting in their face."
  • Rumsfeld Rejected Waterboarding Pelosi Did Not Object After Being Informed Of Practice

    04/29/2009 3:55:07 PM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 10 replies · 1,084+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | April 29, 2009 | MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE
    Rumsfeld Rejected Waterboarding Pelosi Did Not
  • Take My Terrorists, Please

    04/28/2009 2:38:34 PM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 4 replies · 338+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | April 28, 2009 | MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE
    White House wants panel to change opinion about lethality of some terrorists they want released.
  • Pulitzer outrage

    04/23/2009 5:15:02 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 33 replies · 3,003+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 23 Apr 09 | Bill Gertz
    Retired military analysts are reacting with outrage that the Pulitzer committee awarded one of its prestigious prizes for a story discredited by an independent investigation, special correspondent Rowan Scarborough reports.
  • McCain’s Torture Mess

    12/22/2008 7:02:33 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 1,419+ views
    Human Events ^ | 2008-12-22 | Jed Babbin
    Sen. John McCain (?-Ariz.), joining with liberal Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), issued a report last week on the abuse of terrorist detainees. The report accuses former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, former Defense Department General Counsel Jim Haynes, and David Addington, Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, of causing the torture of terrorist detainees. But the report is a clumsy calumny, contradicting the factual conclusions of earlier, far more credible investigations. Predictably, it was enough for the New York Times to call for the appointment of a prosecutor to consider criminal charges against Rumsfeld and the others....
  • Gen. Shinseki's Silence

    12/17/2008 12:13:03 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 1,506+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 15, 2008 | Lawrence Di Rita
    The announcement that retired Army chief of staff Eric Shinseki will be President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of veterans affairs has energized one of the most enduring myths of the Bush presidency. Among the media coverage in recent days: Gen. Shinseki "clashed with the Bush administration on its Iraq war strategy" (Associated Press). In "questioning the Pentagon's Iraq war strategy" (The Post), Shinseki "warn[ed] that far more troops would be needed than the Pentagon had committed" (New York Times). For his candor, he was "vilified" (Boston Globe) by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Shinseki has a chance during his confirmation...
  • U.S. Senate report ties Rumsfeld to Abu Ghraib abuse

    12/11/2008 5:24:46 PM PST · by Enchante · 45 replies · 1,496+ views
    REUTERS ^ | 12/11/08 | David Morgan
    Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior U.S. officials share much of the blame for detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to portions of a report released on Thursday by the Senate Armed Services Committee. The report's executive summary, made public by the committee's Democratic chairman Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan and its top Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said Rumsfeld contributed to the abuse by authorizing aggressive interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay on Dec. 2, 2002.
  • Mission Accomplished II

    11/25/2008 5:37:22 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies · 577+ views ^ | November 25, 2008 | Cal Thomas
    Nineteen months after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared the war in Iraq "lost" and just nine months after Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted the war has been a "failure" because it had not brought political change leading to reconciliation, it can now be said conclusively that both were wrong. One of the great military reversals in history is close to achieving victory. That is contributing to stability in Iraq, along with reconciliation between warring factions. These conclusions are contained in a report compiled by retired General Barry R. McCaffrey after a recent visit to Iraq during which he consulted with...
  • DONALD H. RUMSFELD: One Surge Does Not Fit All

    11/23/2008 1:06:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,890+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 23, 2008 | DONALD H. RUMSFELD
    THE surge in Iraq has been one of the most impressive military accomplishments in recent years. It has been so successful that the emerging consensus is that what may now be needed in Afghanistan is a similar surge of American forces. President-elect Barack Obama campaigned on his intention to do so, as did his former opponent, John McCain. As one who is occasionally — and incorrectly — portrayed as an opponent of the surge in Iraq, I believe that while the surge has been effective in Iraq, we must also recognize the conditions that made it successful. President Bush’s bold...
  • From Bagdad to Chicago: Rezko and the Auchi empire (by former senior State, DOD official)

    10/11/2008 10:47:39 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 2,568+ views
    Wikileaks ^ | 10-10-08 | John A. Shaw
    “I first began to fathom the extent of Nadhmi Auchi's reach and corrupting influence when I was given responsibility for monitoring illegal transfers of technology and munitions to Iraq as well as overseeing all coalition transportation and communications reconstruction in Iraq." ### Barack Obama has been appropriately strident in his condemnation of the mortgage-based financial corruption which nearly led to the collapse of the investment banking system in the United States. But there are some strong smelling financial skeletons in his own closet. Obama has his own personal housing crisis that is tied not into Fanny Mae, but into a...
  • US 'has launched secret attacks on al-Qaeda since 2004'

    11/10/2008 5:31:52 PM PST · by do the dhue · 59 replies · 476+ views
    telegraph UK ^ | 11 Nov 2008 | telegraph
    A classified order authorising attacks on al-Qaeda anywhere in the world, even in countries not a war with the US, was approved by Mr Bush and signed by former Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the newspaper said, citing anonymous US officials.
  • U.S. Military Presence Woldwide (UPDATE: VIEQUES)

    09/20/2008 5:02:20 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 14 replies · 387+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 9/15/08 | Katherine McCaffrey
    As part of our special investigation "Mission Creep: US Military Presence Worldwide," we asked a host of military thinkers to contribute their two cents on topics relating to global Pentagon strategy. (You can access the archive here.) The following dispatch comes from Katherine T. McCaffrey, an assistant professor of anthropology at Montclair State University in New Jersey and author of "Military Power and Popular Protest: The US Navy in Vieques, Puerto Rico".
  • Plans For Iraq Attack Began On 9/11

    09/04/2002 6:23:28 PM PDT · by RCW2001 · 56 replies · 782+ views
    Plans For Iraq Attack Began On 9/11WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2002 CBS News has learned that barely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq — even though there was no evidence linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks. That's according to notes taken by aides who were with Rumsfeld in the National Military Command Center on Sept. 11 – notes that show exactly where the road toward war with Iraq began, reports CBS News National Security Correspondent David Martin. At 9:53...
  • What Will Rumsfeld Write?

    09/16/2008 6:26:34 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 225+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 9/3/2008 | Jed Babbin
    These days, political memoirs come in three genres. First, the "everyone around me was an idiot or a crook, but I was a really smart good guy." Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan's What Happened perfected the genre, assuring him the place in history previously occupied by Baron Munchausen. The second borrows a line from the great Toby Keith, converting "I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then" from lyric to prose. Former CIA director George Tenet's At the Center of the Storm will, for many a year, be foremost in that category. The last is...
  • Rumsfeld was Right: Candidates Embrace Bush Worldview

    09/09/2008 7:26:26 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 6 replies · 469+ views
    Lexington Institute ^ | Sep 9, 2008 | Loren B. Thompson
    Presidential campaigns are so much about posturing that it's easy to miss what's really going on. Take national security policy. John McCain and Barack Obama want you to think they represent diametrically opposed approaches to national security, when in fact they have quite similar views. And one of the things they have in common is that neither of them wants you to realize they see future security challenges pretty much the same way Donald Rumsfeld did. To prove that point, let's take a little stroll down memory lane. Nine years ago this month, presidential candidate George W. Bush gave the...
  • Foot Soldiers and Generals (Thompson, Rumsfeld back Bill Russell)

    08/20/2008 6:56:25 AM PDT · by impeachedrapist · 25 replies · 296+ views
    Russell for Congress ^ | 8/20/08 | Russell for Congress
    Foot Soldiers and Generals PART ONE: The Foot Soldiers Well, you did it. A few weeks ago, we reported the incredible 2nd Quarter grassroots contributions totaling $637,137 compared to Congressman Murtha’s $113,155. A fluke? A few months of accidental luck? Well, the July totals tell a different story. Because of your continued vigilance and sacrificial support, we’ve now raised an additional $400,000 in the month of July! That’s right, $400,000 in July alone. Here’s the quick math. The first and second quarter totals combined shattered the $900,000 mark. When you add in July’s contributions, the new total is $1.3 million...
  • ‘The Army We Need’ - The McCain/Obama debt to Rumsfeld.

    08/12/2008 2:09:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 236+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 12, 2008 | Lawrence Di Rita
    August 12, 2008, 4:00 a.m. ‘The Army We Need’The McCain/Obama debt to Rumsfeld. By Lawrence Di Rita In remarks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in April 2007, Sen. Barack Obama told an audience that “if the need arises when I’m president, the Army we have will be the Army we need.” The phrasing was an obvious shot at Chicago’s own Donald Rumsfeld, who in December 2004 in Kuwait told a deployed National Guard unit that the nation goes to war “with the Army you have.” Given Obama’s hostility to Bush’s strategy in Iraq overall, it is probably...
  • The Complex Success of the Surge

    07/23/2008 2:23:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 213+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2008 | Randall Hoven
    The "surge" in Iraq sure appears to have worked.  There are some who say President Bush should have listened to voices such as Senator John McCain and then Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki in the first place, rather than taking the foolish advice of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other "neo-con" hardliners. But before we give all the credit to the "more boots on the ground" stompers and all the blame to Rumsfeld and the neo-cons, let's take a second look at the surge. To set the stage, let's look at the results to date.  (In the...
  • Right-Wing Monsters

    07/02/2008 11:46:51 AM PDT · by korlapundit · 3 replies · 130+ views
    When I created the “Infamous Monsters” post back in 2004, I did promise that if Bush won, I'd give equal treatment to the other side of the aisle. And he did. And so, as promised, here we go. Now, it's not as easy as before. The loony left and antiwar moonbats and their terrorist heroes are a lot easier to pair off with famous monsters. The people on the right all seem so garshed darn normal-looking. But isn’t that the worst kind of monster of all?* Now I don my tinfoil hat, and briefly transform into a nutroot moonbat. Dracula...
  • Rumsfeld Mum on Support of McCain

    06/30/2008 6:27:01 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 16 replies · 482+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 06/30/08 | Rick Pedraza
    "The lack of an official endorsement from Rumsfeld most likely stems from the rift caused between the two over a statement McCain made in the past regarding Rumsfeld’s tenure in the White House. Rumsfeld, McCain declared, will "go down in history as one of the worst secretaries of defense in history." An aide for Rumsfeld, Keith Urbahn, tells The Hill Rumsfeld no longer follows presidential elections. Instead he is focusing his energy on the Rumsfeld Foundation, an organization that encourages young people to participate in public service, and his memoirs. “Mr. Rumsfeld is a Republican,” however, Urbahn quickly points out....
  • High-Ranking Abuse

    06/20/2008 10:15:30 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 1 replies · 114+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 20, 2008 | Ben Giles
    High-Ranking Abuse by Ben Giles June 20, 2008 High ranking officials at the Department of Defense undertook the process of authorizing illegal interrogation tactics in the year following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee. “Senior officials in the United States government sought out information on aggressive techniques, twisted the law to create the appearance of their legality, and authorized their use against detainees,” said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) in his opening statement. “In the process, they damaged our ability to collect intelligence that could save lives.” Assisted by questionable legal council from...