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"We don't seek empires. We're not imperialistic. We never have been. I can't imagine why you'd even ask the question."
Donald Rumsfeld, questioned by an al-Jazeera correspondent, April 29, 2003.
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Thiessen is a former speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and President George W. Bush, which might give him an executive-branch view of Congress's role. Before that, however, he served for six years as spokesman and senior policy advisor to Senate Foreign Relations Committee ...
Nixon aides who were even tangentially tied to the Watergate scandal never really recovered, with the notable exception of Kissinger. The smartest course then was taken by a young Donald Rumsfeld, who left the White House for a diplomatic post in Europe at the beginning of 1973, as the scandal started ...

Even before the reality TV star her husband labeled an “ass” got in the race, Barbara Bush nailed the anti-elitist mood. In 2013, she acknowledged, in essence, that W. had worn out the family's welcome. (The senior Bushes were privately distraught that W. let Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and the neocons hijack his ...
“I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks or five months, but it won't last any longer than that,” Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld assured Americans beforehand. It lasted longer than that. Barack Obama had a similar aspiration in Libya, using airstrikes to defeat and ...
They mentally update the famous line of Donald Rumsfeld's: “You don't go to war with the commander-in-chief you want. You go to war with the commander-in-chief you have.” Yet if any other aspect of U.S. military power were in the same damaged condition as the supreme executive authority, responsible ...
Duncan Fletcher covers every possible angle in speaking about England's defeat. Close your eyes and it could almost be Donald Rumsfeld speaking to the senate: "There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns..." Potential job-swap in the pipeline?

It had become crystal clear that the only way to do that would be to do an end run around “the crazies” — the criminally insane advisers that his father knew so well — Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, and Undersecretary of State ...
But what challenges have we failed to see? What could be staring us in the face that is of an even more pressing concern beyond the conventional? Or, to phrase it a little differently, what former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld referred to as those threats our psyche just can't comprehend—what he ...
A 2017 congressional committee report singled out this picture of Donald Rumsfeld as one example of the high cost of official portraits. Unveiled in 2010, after Rumsfeld's tenure as secretary of defense had ended, this official image — Rumsfeld's second — cost more than $46,000. Washington Post/Getty ...
In 2002, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously explained the dangers of the “unknown unknowns.” While answering a question about the relationship between the Iraqi government and the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorist organizations, Rumsfeld laid out three ...
In 2003, then-U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld flew over Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Futenma, Okinawa, looked down, and declared it to be “the most dangerous base in the world.” Of course there are many bases, including some in war zones, that could contest that honor. The question is ...
Bolton, Donald Rumsfeld, and Bush had Colin Powell give a speech at the United Nations, stating that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The three knew that this was a lie. The U.N. weapons inspectors had said as much. But no one listened to them. That lie led to a war in which more than ...
Bush, Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell should always be remembered for the mess they got us into. But we shoudn't forget the help they got from Democrats like Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Hillary Clinton, or Rep. Adam Schiff (still proudly receiving campaign support from the ...
Bush, Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell should always be remembered for the mess they got us into. But we shoudn't forget the help they got from Democrats like Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Hillary Clinton, or Rep. Adam Schiff (still proudly receiving campaign support from the ...
In human affairs, there are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns, as Donald Rumsfeld said. So let's start with the known knowns. We know the Russian Federation invaded Georgia in 2008 in an overwhelming display of aggression. We know it has de facto control of Abkhazia and ...
Stanley McChrystal went to Afghanistan in May, 2002, “A senior Army officer in Washington told him, 'Don't build [Bondsteels],' referring to the NATO base in [Kosovo] that [then-Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld saw as a symbol of peacekeeping mission creep. The officer warned McChrystal against ...
Morris's long career as a contrarian documentarian — from his early quirky jewels Gates of Heaven and Vernon, Florida to the masterful The Thin Blue Line, one-on-ones with Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld, and the titillating eroti-kitsch of Tabloid — has been a truth-seeking mission lined with the ...

Feith is best known as the top policy adviser to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during George W. Bush's administration, and a divisive architect of the Iraq War and war on terrorism. But he is also the man who, according to documents released this past week by the National Security Archive, once ...
It formed the basis of Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld, my collection of his spoken verses. Like Andy Warhol's “15 minutes of fame,” Rumsfeld's “unknown unknowns” will be remembered long after Guantanamo Bay is underwater. But what about these newfound memos, ...
Roughly two months after the start of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was still unsure about which languages were spoken in the country and asked aides to provide him a report on the subject. That and other revelations come from a collection of hundreds ...
I spent a few hours on Wednesday reading through hundreds of memos just released by the National Security Archive that were written by Donald Rumsfeld in his first two years as President Bush's defense secretary. Some are just bizarre. (He wondered if he could get Jamie McIntyre, then of CNN, to throw ...


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