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January 2, 2005
Michael Ramirez's Dec. 26 cartoon of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld gives us a then-and-now history lesson: Then -- the cartoon accurately portrays the century that Rumsfeld lives in militarily, somewhere between the 18th and 19th centuries. Now -- you know that if Rumsfeld were in a Humvee and not on a horse, it would be one of the few armored versions. I can hardly wait for Ramirez's view of what the future will hold for Rumsfeld. Stephen S. Anderson Hacienda Heights
March 26, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - Documentarian Errol Morris has drawn some unexpected people into and around his films, and the Tuesday night premiere of his documentary “The Unknown Known” was no exception. For one thing, the movie is about Donald H. Rumsfeld, the unapologetic neo-conservative whose politics the director has been critical of. (“Why are you talking to me?” Morris asks Rumsfeld in the movie. The former Defense secretary has no real answer.) For another, there were personalities you don't normally find at a film premiere at the event Tuesday night: TV journalist Tom Brokaw stood up and introduced the film to an audience that included former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly “He was not as unpopular as he later became,” Brokaw said of Rumsfeld, describing his own years in the 1970s covering Rumsfeld and the Defense Department.
March 16, 2002 | Associated Press
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had a growth removed from his neck Friday, the Pentagon announced. Scans and examination of the growth--called a lipoma--indicated it was benign, a Pentagon statement said, adding that the tissue was sent for tests to confirm that. Dr. John Casler removed the growth from Rumsfeld's neck in a 90-minute operation, and Rumsfeld returned to his office afterward, the statement said.
December 7, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Here are some of the best reads, long-form journalism and investigative reports you may have missed from the week past. USA Today examines FBI data, police records and media reports to understand mass killings in America and the people, weapons, circumstances and motivations behind the bloodshed. The New York Review of Books offers an inside look at the political history of Donald Rumsfeld from the presidencies of Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush to the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
October 31, 2003 | From Reuters
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Thursday he does not know whether or not he has lost his mojo, as a leading news magazine suggested, because he doesn't really know what mojo is. "Is Rumsfeld Losing His Mojo?" was the headline in Time magazine above a story about Rumsfeld's recent difficulties concerning Iraq policy and differences with U.S. lawmakers. "Have you lost your mojo?" a reporter asked Rumsfeld during a Pentagon briefing.
November 20, 2006
Re "His own worst enemy," Opinion, Nov. 15 Max Boot states that outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is no neoconservative but rather a traditional Midwestern Republican. If so, how did Rumsfeld's name appear on the signatory list for the statement of principles of the neoconservative flagship think tank Project for a New American Century? Is this a case of Boot trying to obfuscate, by distancing the think tank from the perception of foul-ups and mistakes in planning and prosecuting the war in Iraq?
January 10, 2005
The Jan. 7 commentary by David B. Rivkin Jr. and Rich Lowry, "The War Against Rumsfeld," conveniently avoids mentioning that the rush to invade Iraq created most of the issues they discuss. If we hadn't been flooded with the mushroom-cloud threats supposedly awaiting us, perhaps the invasion would have been rejected as unnecessary, or, at the very least, we could have taken time to assemble allies with actual forces, arm our troops properly and analyze all contingency plans. The statement that the military commanders believed our forces to be sufficient is simply ludicrous.
August 29, 2004
Re "Prison Abuse Panel Faults Leaders," Aug. 25: The Abu Ghraib prison investigative panel suggests that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld shouldn't resign, as it would be a "boon to all America's enemies." Imagine the "boon" to these enemies if the inmates released from Abu Ghraib said they were treated well, respected and had access to families and legal help. Can you imagine American rage if our citizens were treated like that or held in Guantanamo by Cuba for over two years without charges, legal council or family contact?
October 12, 2003
In "Rumsfeld Denies He's Being Pushed Aside in Iraq Effort" (Oct. 9), reporters quote Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld -- during their questions concerning the jockeying between the Defense and State departments on the administration's policy in Iraq -- asking whether there aren't more important issues, like the Chicago Cubs in the baseball playoffs and the California election. U.S. service personnel are being killed daily in Iraq. There is the squandering of billions by Bechtel on "surveys" of what should be done to fix the damage inflicted by this war. We can't even get to the repairs needed because guerrilla attacks keep adding to the disruption.
September 1, 2006
Re "Secretary of Indefensible," editorial, Aug. 31 Your editorial is, as usual, a lot of nothing. You criticize Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for using the Hitler analogy but do not explain why it is not correct. It is not correct because high school students are warned against using it? Well, that certainly demolishes his statement. Then you ask who is part of the "blame America first" crowd? Let's answer that by putting it this way: When was the last time you heard any Democratic leader, in Congress or at the state or local level, say anything good about our country?
September 3, 2013 | By John Horn
TELLURIDE, Colo. - Donald Rumsfeld is no Robert McNamara. Just ask filmmaker Errol Morris, who has taken on both controversial former Defense secretaries as documentary subjects in their twilight years: McNamara in 2003's "The Fog of War," and now Rumsfeld in "The Unknown Known," which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend. "The Fog of War," which won a documentary Oscar, revealed McNamara, a chief architect of the Vietnam War, as a reflective man in his late 80s willing to acknowledge errors of judgment.
June 7, 2012 | By Jamie Goldberg
WASHINGTON — If the Transportation Security Administration wants to fix its poor public image, it might want to stop patting down recognizable passengers such as former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. "There are certain people that are just so well-known that you've just got to use your common sense," said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Transportation Subcommittee. "Because if you start patting them down, people are going to say, 'They're patting down Beyonce.' "I mean, she's not going to blow a plane up. " In an acknowledgment of continued public frustration with TSA, the subcommittee met Thursday to address the agency's efforts to fix its "poor customer service image and become a leaner, smarter agency.
November 4, 2011 | By Scott Martelle, Special to the Los Angeles Times
By now, of course, the key details of former national security advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's "No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington" have already made it to public view. Among them: She clashed over policy with Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. Libyan strongman Moammar Kadafi had an unnerving fixation on his "African princess," which revealed itself in a bizarre private dinner in his kitchen. She regretted the timing of a vacation just as Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on New Orleans.
February 8, 2011 | By Tim Rutten, Los Angeles Times
Donald Rumsfeld has served as White House chief of staff and twice as secretary of Defense, the youngest and the oldest man ever to hold the post. He has been a trusted diplomatic envoy and successful private sector executive. Throughout it all ? indeed, for most of his 78 years ? he has borne with courage and almost preternatural fortitude the burden of always being the smartest guy in the room. It's wearisome always being right, particularly when so many others are so wrong, so often ?
December 3, 2009 | By Mark Silva
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took exception Wednesday to President Obama's assertion that the Bush administration rebuffed commanders' repeated requests for more troops in Afghanistan. Rumsfeld, who oversaw the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, said he was unaware of "a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006," while he served under President George W. Bush. "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.
August 26, 2009 | Tim Rutten
No presidency in history has generated anything like the volume of memoirs, instant histories and tell-all exposés describing life in the government over which George W. Bush presided. Generations of scholars will pore over the volumes, attempting to separate the historical fodder from the self-serving chaff. Bradley Graham's "By His Own Rules: The Ambitions, Successes, and Ultimate Failures of Donald Rumsfeld" is among the handful of books likely to stand above mere topicality.
May 19, 2004
In "Bush Points Out Lesson in Prisoner Abuse Scandal" (May 15), President Bush is quoted as saying, "In Iraq, the cruelty of a few has brought discredit to their uniform and embarrassment to our country. The consequences of their failures of character reach well beyond the walls of a prison." I would like to suggest that in failing to reprimand Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for the abuse scandal, in forging an ill-planned war on false pretenses, in stubbornly "staying the course" in this disastrous effort to bring democracy to Iraq, Bush has failed to learn his own lesson.
July 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is asking for a second extension on the deadline for divesting himself of millions of dollars in investments that could pose a potential conflict of interest, the Pentagon said. Rumsfeld submitted a request for another 90-day extension to the Office of Government Ethics and the Senate Armed Services Committee because divesting himself is proving "much more difficult" than he planned, his spokesman said.
July 7, 2009
Amid the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth over the recent death of the King of Pop, it's worth noting the loss Monday of the King of Bang. Robert Strange McNamara, who died at his home in Washington at 93, helped engineer the nuclear escalation of the Cold War and the military escalation of the Vietnam War, a brilliant man who rose quickly to the pinnacle of the corporate and government worlds only to become the poster child for wrongheaded hubris.
May 25, 2009 | Manya A. Brachear
One passage plucked from the New Testament's Epistle to the Ephesians instructs believers to "put on the full armor of God." An excerpt from the Old Testament's Isaiah directs them to "open the gates that the righteous nation may enter." As American troops fought in Iraq in 2003, these biblical verses and others reportedly prefaced intelligence reports approved by then-Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
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