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Donald Rumsfeld, a controversial story

Updated on May 30, 2012

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.


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      6 years ago from California

      Donald Rumsfeld, the worst Secretary of Defense in our entire history, oversaw the increase of the Defense budget from about $350B to about $700B. He was negligent in running the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He called our troops "fungible" on a public stage.

      Obama and Gates - A Republican - trimmed about 10% in sheer waste from the DoD budget. Hardly a slash and burn effort as Rummy would like to make it sound.

      The people from the Bush administration need to just go hide in the shadows. They're an embarrassment to this nation and how dare they attack Obama - even on just the argument that it was them that stated over and over it was un-American and unpatriotic to speak out against a sitting president. If they believed half the garbage they spouted while holding office it's time for them to just shut up.

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      Joanne Kathleen Farrell 

      6 years ago from Rensselaer NY

      Thank you for sharing. I could not agree more. After negative verbal personal attacks I recieved from radical members of the GOP for another article, I am glad to learn I am not alone in my beliefs here on hubpages. Thanks again. Peace! It works! Joanne Kathleen Farrell

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      Dr Billy Kidd 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Rumsfeld had advance warning from 13 intelligence agencies that Al Queda would hijack a plane. He did nothing except tell officers to stay off commercial jets. Not one word to the airlines....

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      Howard Schneider 

      6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Republicans attack President Obama for being both too hawkish and too dovish. They will never praise him. Their only goal is to defeat him. They are anti-patriotic. He was criticized after killing Bin-Laden when they let him escape. Rumsfeld has no credibility. Great article, Janeen. Expose this self promoter. In actuality, Rumsfeld was attempting to shrink the military before 9/11 occurred. He's a hypocrite.


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