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Former defense secretary Rumsfeld visits Fort Leavenworth

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke Friday at Fort Leavenworth’s Lewis and Clark Center to roughly 1,000 U.S. and international officers at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke Friday at Fort Leavenworth’s Lewis and Clark Center to roughly 1,000 U.S. and international officers at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

February 24, 2012

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— Donald Rumsfeld recalled his 2001 Secretary of Defense confirmation hearing in which he fielded a question from U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas about what worried him late at night.

“I could have said North Korea, but I said it was our intelligence,” Rumsfeld said. “I worry about our not knowing sufficiently what’s happening in the world.”

Rumsfeld spoke Friday at Fort Leavenworth’s Lewis and Clark Center to roughly 1,000 U.S. and international officers at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Rumsfeld spoke to the officers and then fielded a handful of questions, addressing the group for nearly an hour.

The former defense secretary, who also signed copies of his book, “The Known and Unknown: A Memoir,” after his appearance, voiced his concerns about cuts in defense.

He noted that past budget cuts in the military in defense, and especially intelligence — after World War II and Vietnam, for instance — have hindered security.

Rumsfeld, 79, was the youngest and oldest defense secretary, serving from 1975-77 for President Gerald Ford and then 2001-06 for President George W. Bush.

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Simon Y. Hwang introduced Rumsfeld, rattling off his many careers, positions and accolades, including being a top wrestler while in the Navy.

“It almost makes me sound like I couldn’t hold a job,” the former defense secretary said, drawing laughter from the officers.

An officer inquired about the surge in Iraq during the George W. Bush administration and how media coverage at the time was zeroed in on the immigration debate. Asked whether that was a strategy to keep the focus off the military actions, Rumsfeld responded with a deadpanned “no.”

With regard to his memoirs, Rumsfeld said he debated fitting his writings into a one-year window. He decided instead to take more time and finished them in about four years.

He said the memoirs were rooted in more than 4,000 primary source documents, including letters his father sent while serving in the Navy during World War II.

As Rumsfeld wrapped up his talk, an officer asked what characteristics are most important in a president.

He said trust was the greatest tool.

“You can’t persuade people if they don’t believe you,” Rumsfeld said.

Comments

cato_the_elder 2 years, 1 month ago

And, blindrabbit, the invasion of Iraq was formally approved by a significant number of Democrats in the House and a majority of Democrats in the Senate.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 1 month ago

cato: Mea culpa on the spelling, I know better, just typing too fast! Stand by my comments though, maybe a little overstated on Petraeus, but not strong enough on Myers and Franks. No libel involved and not heard here first! Again, the whole Iraq event the child of Rummy, Rice, Bush and Shrub, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle, Tenet, and the NeoCons and their Cato Institute mouthpiece! I can imagine the Rummy crowd at Leavenworth eating up his tripe (your word) like the Pope's audience with the College of Cardinals!

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 1 month ago

Blindrabbit, it's "Petraeus" and "Myers." You have chosen to libel these men, great Americans both, and you can't even spell their names.

Typically moronic, uneducated, left-wing tripe.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 1 month ago

SeaBee: Some of Rummy's senior flunkies, Yes men all the way, not much original thinking here! Tommy Franks, USA Raymond Odierno, USA David Patraeus, USA Richard Meyers, USAF Stanley McChrystal, USA

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Jan Rolls 2 years, 1 month ago

Don't know why they let this lying crook near decent people.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 1 month ago

SeaBee: Agree with you comment about some career military officers; from my experience (5 years active duty), many are not! I think this is especially true for those in the "land based" services, Army, Air Force and Marines which seem to eat up the "Onward Christian Soldiers" mantra, and maybe less so in the Navy (whichs seems a little more pragmatic). Cato mentions that he met Rumsfeld and he is "honorable and patriotic", I guess in the Neocon world, he probably is. My family got to know General Westmoreland prior to VietNam, great guy, but his command in Nam turned out to be a disaster! Rumsfeld was part and parcel (and cheerleader) to the Bush 41/43, Cheney, Rice, Rove, Tenet and Neocon world that concocted the mess in Iraq,to help salve the wounds of Bush 41.

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cato_the_elder 2 years, 1 month ago

Donald Rumsfeld, a man whom I have met, is an honorable and patriotic American. He has never deserved the partisan invective that he routinely gets from ignorant, lock-step leftists, but he doesn't give a damn what any of them think.

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overthemoon 2 years, 1 month ago

“You can’t persuade people if they don’t believe you,”Rumsfeld said.

It would help if one started with the truth instead of lies intended to make lots of money for friends.

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overthemoon 2 years, 1 month ago

over 4000 American soldiers, untold number of contractors and civilians dead because of his completely botched intelligence on Iraq and he worries about his confirmation hearing???

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jaywalker 2 years, 1 month ago

"Let this slimeball preach to the congregation at Fort Leavenworth. I'll bet the Leavenworth staff will eat-up this brainwashing and revisionist history. "

Almost impossible for anyone to post anything more ignorant than the above. Lack of sight doesn't correlate to lack of intelligence, unless you're a hare, apparentlly.

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parco814 2 years, 1 month ago

Too bad Rummy won't be a permanent guest at the "other" Fort Leavenworth. "Stuff happens," right Rummy?

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kernal 2 years, 1 month ago

"...but I said it was our intelligence." Yep, he certainly proved there was a lot of that missing in so many ways during his stint.

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Randall Uhrich 2 years, 1 month ago

While he's there, arrest him for war crimes. Unless, of course, we're just a nation with selectively enforced laws. A lot of people in prison will be happy to know that.

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blindrabbit 2 years, 1 month ago

Let this slimeball preach to the congregation at Fort Leavenworth. I'll bet the Leavenworth staff will eat-up this brainwashing and revisionist history. Rummy a clone of Dick (Darth) Cheney and a continuation of S.O.D.'s Robert McNamara's arrogance!

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seriouscat 2 years, 1 month ago

Rumsfeld et all have also been found guilty of war crimes in Singapore.

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Ragingbear 2 years, 1 month ago

He is wanted for war crimes in Belgium. He is a traitor to the country and to humanity.

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