recently came across the following quote from Rumsfeld, but i can't find the source - does anyone know where it's from? it's in The Power Of Nightmares, episode 1. didn't want to add it until it could be properly cited.
The Soviet Union has been busy. They’ve been busy in terms of their level of effort; they’ve been busy in terms of the actual weapons they ’ve been producing; they’ve been busy in terms of expanding production rates; they’ve been busy in terms of expanding their institutional capability to produce additional weapons at additional rates; they’ve been busy in terms of expanding their capability to increasingly improve the sophistication of those weapons. Year after year after year, they’ve been demonstrating that they have steadiness of purpose. They’re purposeful about what they’re doing. Now, your question is, what ought one to be doing about that?
seems significant, as it's hauntingly similar to some of the talk about Iraq prior to the invasion in 2003.
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Quote - Does anyone know where it's from?
I remember seeing this on TV live way back when, and it's all over the internet now, but I can't find a reliable reference to where/when he said it. If anyone knows how to reference it, Donald said with respect to the location of Osama: "He's either alive and in Afghanistan or somewhere else, or he's dead." 220.127.116.11 03:45, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
Just a thought...
It seems like most of these quotations have been chosen to portray Donald Rumsfeld in a negative light. However distasteful an individual he may be, I have a hard time believing that these quotations are entirely representative of his memorable public statements.