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DISPATCH: Wit and Wisdom from Donald Rumsfeld
Posted on June 25, 2002 by Anita

God bless the BBC's "Broadcasting House" for compiling this hilarious compendium of US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's most ridiculous moments. Rumsfeld is known as a "wordsmith" and consummate pro at charming, obfuscating, and stonewalling the media on matters of war, and taking up entire press conferences without saying anything at all. Listen to a few of these and you might wonder if the inmates are running the asylum.

Always Be Certain, Even If You're Not:
"I believe what I said yesterday. I don't know what I said, but I know what I think and I assume it's what I said."

That Narrows it Down:
"We do know of certain knowledge that [Osama bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead."

I Think, Therefore I Am Confused:
"Goodness, I know I shouldn't say I don't think so, although that's what I think."

Unknown Knowns Are The FBI's Department:
"The message is that there are known knowns. There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things that we do not know we don't know. And each year we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns."

Listen to all of the above, plus a dozen more "Donald Rumsfeld Soundbites of the Week" at the BBC's web site, here.

Topic : Brilliant
Posted By : Anita
Posted On : June 25, 2002



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