Sunday, February 18, 2007

The Changeling: Donald Rumsfeld

"The past was not predictable when it started." -- Donald Rumsfeld
Perhaps no one loves a man in uniform more than former Sec. of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Providing of course that man is a despotic ruler with an itch for massacre and natural resources to sell. No single figure in the history of the United States govt. or military has been as intimate as often with the world's totalitarian fiends. It is not a stretch to suggest that he also is perhaps the most Machiavellian, the most skillful strategist within the halls of Washington over the last 40 years. His instinct for manipulation and self promotion even muted and immasculated Henry Kissinger at his peak. If you want to understand the murky waters of the national unraveling - not only in Iraq - but within the White House as a branch of government, you need look no further than the career of Mr. Rumsfeld. It really plays out like something written by James Elroy, infused with the doublespeak psychosis of 1984's Oceania.

Tom Dispatch has some required reading on the career of Donald Rumsfeld. It's lengthy but worth every word. It is a fascinating look into the horror show of the neo-con movement. Frankly, it is a monstrous tale full of cynical brilliance, shrewd positioning and immoral acts against the national interests and U.S. citizenry.

Donald Rumsfeld: The Undertaker's Tally (part I)

Donald Rumsfeld: The Undertaker's Tally (part II)

(by Roger Morris)

photo: Richard Avedon

1 comment:

geoffrey said...

i think he beats out yogi for greatest quotes of all time.

"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."

"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."

anyway, i'm excited about this read... thanks.