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  • Introduction to the Rumsfeld Online Archives (My Title)

    02/07/2011 9:37:38 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 13 replies
    Rumsfeld.com ^ | 2/7/11 | Donald Rumsfeld
    Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has released his papers online - literally thousands of records, many of them previously classified - of memos and other documents written by Rumsfeld himself and others going back as far as the 1960's. The online archive at Rumsfeld.com includes documents from the Nixon, Ford, and Bush II administrations, and also documents from his time in the private sector. It looks like a pretty cool resource, and it's word search-able too. I linked above to just one example; a document written by William Rehnquist, from when Rehnquist worked in the Nixon administration in 1969....
  • 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...
  • 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 News.com ^ | 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...