- Politics and Social Issues
Donald Rumsfeld, a controversial story
Donald Rumsfeld has been talking with the press publicity to promote his new book, Known and Unknown. In a CBS news interview he made, what I would call, controversial statements concerning American foriegn affairs. He questioned the role the United States in the world asking if we were coming from a place of strength or a place of retreat. He noted that the United States has made cuts in defense spending and drastically reduced miltary spending. He never mentioned that the reduction stems from the fact that most of our troops have left Iraq. We were spending an upwards of 12 billion a month during the war in Iraq. Cuts in all of our government spending is the most crucial national security issue of our time. We are 15.22 trllion dollars in debt.
I find his discription of our place in the world deeply troubling. I am coming from the idea that America is not the global police force and we do not have to attack or retreat. In my opinion, we need to clean up our own house. We have over extended ourselves for years. We have given way too much money to multinational corporations who have no alligence to our flag, our strong belief in democracy, or the validity of our historic constitution.
Donald Rumsfeld has written a new book. It is called Known and Unknown. His book has it's critics. The press has often claimed this book to be a 'blame the other guy' explaination for political failure. After he publicly critized Condoleezza Rice she made a statement to the press in 2011 that 'Rumsfeld didn't know what he was talking about'. It appears that even those whom he worked closely with lack trust in his words.
Donald Rumsfeld was a longtime Congressman from Illinois. He served as Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford. After the 2000, election Vice President Cheney recommended Rumsfeld to serve as the Secretary of Defense in the Bush Administration. He and Cheney became the most controversial men of our time. Many held them responsible for the interrogation practices of war prisoners and the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay prison scandals. Rumsfeld has learned no lessons from either war. He still holds the belief that America's strength is not in economic stability rather, the might of our military. I choose economic stability instead.