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Donald Rumsfeld, former defense secretary
at helm of 2 wars, dead at 88

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Posted By: earlybird, 6/30/2021 3:41:23 PM

Donald Rumsfeld, who charted an impressive Washington career serving under four presidents but whose legacy largely was defined by his controversial tenure as defense secretary during the Iraq war, has died, his family announced Wednesday. He was 88. Rumsfeld, a confident adviser to power with a trenchant style that made him admirers as well as enemies, had a long and winding career in public life that spanned five decades. He had been a congressman and a White House chief of staff, and had a successful corporate career, too. But it was his second term as secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2006 – during the most tumultuous period of the


A giant. They don’t make those anymore….

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Reply 1 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 6/30/2021 3:55:21 PM (No. 831707)
Shocker!! My dad flew with him out of Glenview NAS in Illinois when he was in the Navy, right before he was elected to congress. Time marches on and even the mighty get called home to God. Rest in peace, Mr. Secretary and thank you for your service.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: vrb8m 6/30/2021 4:19:10 PM (No. 831721)
Loved his courage, wisdom and wit. Rest in peace, Rummy.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: GoodDeal 6/30/2021 4:36:17 PM (No. 831728)
Thank you for your courageous service! Rest In Peace dear sir.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: JHHolliday 6/30/2021 4:38:17 PM (No. 831731)
I still remember his remark on the first Gulf War when some little twit of a female reporter asked him why we were dropping “huge” bombs on the Iraqi troops. “We are trying to kill them “ was Rummy’s succinct reply.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Heraclitus 6/30/2021 4:43:54 PM (No. 831735)
I hope Secretary Rumsfeld knew how many of us admired and respected him so much, and enjoyed his wit and wry sense of humor during trying times. Rest in peace, Mr. Rumsfeld.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: foxglove 6/30/2021 5:06:29 PM (No. 831747)
I set my clock by his press conferences everyday and wouldn’t have miss one for the world. Wry humor, straight shooter and he gave us hope. It was a time when real adults and patriots were in charge. A great contrast to Baghdad Bob. Thank you Secretary Rumsfeld for your service.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: snapper451 6/30/2021 5:35:07 PM (No. 831755)
I know people who worked for him in the private sector in Chicago at Searle. Great guy and leader. He was what you saw. A real person.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: pros7767 6/30/2021 6:00:52 PM (No. 831777)
Wonder how many of the troops in heaven will be there to greet him...
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Blackbird 6/30/2021 6:21:22 PM (No. 831794)
A truly Great American who has made great contributions to our country throughout his life.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: TarAndFeathers 6/30/2021 6:22:35 PM (No. 831795)
I contrast my memories of the honorable and courageous Secretary Rumsfeld with the current creatures of the Biden infestation, and despair.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: earlybird 6/30/2021 6:38:23 PM (No. 831808)
Fox did an immediate and excellent retrospective on Rummy. Honored him with many photos and glowing comments. (He was a drop dead gorgeous man in his younger years!)
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Newtsche 6/30/2021 6:38:35 PM (No. 831810)
Thanks for that info, #!. I grew up in Glenview, our Shermer Road led directly into the N/S runway at Glenview NAS, something over a mile north. The parade of low-flying Naval aircraft were a spectacle to visitors, same old same old for us. I knew all the planes but, being a kid, didn't consider those piloting them. No doubt Rummy flew over many, many times. RIP Donald Rumsfeld.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: earlybird 6/30/2021 6:41:25 PM (No. 831813)
"There are known knowns" is a phrase from a response United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld gave to a question at a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) news briefing on February 12, 2002, about the lack of evidence linking the government of Iraq with the supply of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups.[1] Rumsfeld stated: 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. And if one looks throughout the history of our country and other free countries, it is the latter category that tends to be the difficult ones.[1] The statement became the subject of much commentary including a 2013 documentary film, The Unknown Known, directed by Errol Morris.[2]
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Schnapps 6/30/2021 6:55:41 PM (No. 831824)
“You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” ― Donald Rumsfeld
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Rama41 6/30/2021 7:08:06 PM (No. 831833)
#14. Not to change the subject, but that reminds me of what that great military strategist Mike Tyson said: "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth".
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Reply 16 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel 6/30/2021 7:39:01 PM (No. 831856)
Drove past his Rancho outside Arroyo Seiko on the way from Taos to Angelfire. He had many years of enjoyment on that old dairy farm in the valley. RIP, sir, you paid the price of your convictions. And let the lesser bastards squabble over the non- essential minutiae.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Cindiana 6/30/2021 7:59:48 PM (No. 831878)
Love all the comments here about this wonderful Patriot. But special thanks to #8 for a beautiful image. It made me so happy to think of the salutes and embraces that will take eternity to complete.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Lawsy0 6/30/2021 9:33:53 PM (No. 831937)
My dear BIL flew 'super connies' out of Glenview at about the same time as Rummy. BIL's ETA @ Heaven was a few years ago. Eternal Father, Strong to Save. Amen
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Reply 19 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 7/1/2021 12:09:15 AM (No. 832007)
"Those were the days" A far cry from the freak show today. RIP Sir.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Italiano 7/1/2021 12:36:43 AM (No. 832023)
A great patriot, who did his duty as he saw it. I wonder what he would think of the "individual" (I self-edited) who's there now.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: DVC 7/1/2021 12:57:08 AM (No. 832044)
He pinned the brand new captain's bars on one of my nephews. I have a photo of it. It was a joyous time.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rumblehog 7/1/2021 7:38:01 AM (No. 832204)
He was GREAT... way better than Dick Cheney, imo. Rumsfeld could think on his feet 10 times faster than the sickening little fraud journolistas in the Pentagon briefing room. It was always a pleasure watching him "skool" them in the fine art of information warfare!
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