Rumsfeld Cracks Me Up

"I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started."

"We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama Bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead."

"We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat." –on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction

"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."

"Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things." –on looting in Iraq after the U.S. invasion, adding "stuff happens"

"As you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

"[Osama Bin Laden is] either alive and well or alive and not too well or not alive."

"I am not going to give you a number for it because it's not my business to do intelligent work." -asked to estimate the number of Iraqi insurgents while testifying before Congress

"I believe what I said yesterday. I don't know what I said, but I know what I think, and, well, I assume it's what I said."

"Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said."

"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because 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."

"If I said yes, that would then suggest that that might be the only place where it might be done which would not be accurate, necessarily accurate. It might also not be inaccurate, but I'm disinclined to mislead anyone."

"There's another way to phrase that and that is that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. It is basically saying the same thing in a different way. Simply because you do not have evidence that something does exist does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn't exist." -on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction

"It is unknowable how long that conflict [the war in Iraq] will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months." -in Feb. 2003

"Well, um, you know, something's neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so, I suppose, as Shakespeare said."

"Secretary Powell and I agree on every single issue that has ever been before this administration except for those instances where Colin's still learning."

"Learn to say 'I don't know.' If used when appropriate, it will be often."

"I don't know what the facts are but somebody's certainly going to sit down with him and find out what he knows that they may not know, and make sure he knows what they know that he may not know."

"I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty."

"I don't do quagmires."

"I don't do diplomacy."

"I don't do foreign policy."

"I don't do predictions."

"I don't do numbers."

"I don't do book reviews."

"Now, settle down, settle down. Hell, I'm an old man, it's early in the morning and I'm gathering my thoughts here."

"If I know the answer I'll tell you the answer, and if I don't, I'll just respond, cleverly."

"Oh, Lord. I didn't mean to say anything quotable.

VendettA12 VendettA12
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7 Responses Feb 9, 2009

I do not like to admit this, he and I both went to the same high school -- New Trier in Winnetka, IL -- It was a great school back then -- rated 3 rd in the nation at the time I was there. He was there a little before me. I am quite sure that even though I was only an average student, that I got a better education than he did.<br />
Maybe he was one of the hoods who hung out across the corner at White's Drug Store and smoked, instead of going to class.

Rumsfeld, the cold war relic recycled from the Nixon years and every republican administration since, is the master of non sentencing! He was worse and more dangerous than Bush was.<br />
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Two of my favorite quotes are: (about WMD) We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat. (HUH?)<br />
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And then there's: Are there still Taliban around? You bet. Are they occupying safe havens in Afghanistan and other places — correction, in Pakistan and other places? Certainly they are. Is the violence up? Yes. Does the violence tend to be up during the summer, in the spring, summer and fall months? Yes it does. And it tends to decline during the winter period. Does that represent failed policy? I don’t know. I would say not.<br />
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And then we took our eye off the ball and let them regroup.<br />
I wonder how that pipeline to the Caspian Sea is coming along?

Donald Rumsfeld was Bush's pick as Secretary of Defense and he was in charge of the invasion of Iraq. I'm sure if you saw him you'd think he at least looked familiar, he wears glasses but still squints lol. He gave great press conferences, even though they were at their core infuriating because his idiocy caused unnecessary US soldiers deaths.

Who is this guy? From the first few quotes, it almost sounded like something Bush would say...only in a slightly--well, very--more intelligent way.

The "known" quote is the best. I had to read that one a few times and I still don't know what it is saying.

oh yes, he certainly did. I must admit that even though I hated his decisions, his policies, and his leadership, part of me knew I'd miss his press conferences. That was one of my "known knowns."

that is freaking hilarious....Did he really say all that?