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Donald Rumsfeld

Geburtstag: 9. Juli 1932

Donald Henry Rumsfeld ist ein ehemaliger US-amerikanischer Politiker . Von 1975 bis 1977 und von 2001 bis 2006 war er Verteidigungsminister der Vereinigten Staaten.

Photo: Scott Davis, U.S. Army / Public domain

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„Es gibt bekanntes Bekanntes; es gibt Dinge, von denen wir wissen, dass wir sie wissen. Wir wissen auch, dass es bekannte Unbekannte gibt: Das heißt, wir wissen, es gibt Dinge, die wir nicht wissen. Aber es gibt auch unbekannte Unbekannte - Dinge also, von denen wir nicht wissen, dass wir sie nicht wissen.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

News Briefing des US-Verteidigungsministeriums, 12. Februar 2002, Übers.: Arno Widmann, Berliner Zeitung, 19.03.2011, Online Archiv der Berliner Zeitung http://www.berliner-zeitung.de/archiv/die--german-angst--ist-wieder-da--sie-mag-ein-laecherliches-gefuehl-sein--doch-selten-war-sie-nuetzlicher-als-heute-fuerchtet-euch-,10810590,10777410.html

„Ach du liebe Güte, was man alles im Internet an Luftaufnahmen kaufen kann. Ein trainierter Affe kann jede Menge darüber erfahren, was in dieser Welt vor sich geht, indem er nur auf seiner Maus herumschlägt, und das zu relativ geringen Kosten.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

FAZ Quelle: F.A.Z., 09.11.2006, Nr. 261 / Seite 2, FAZ http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/donald-rumsfeld-ein-kaltschnaeuziger-visionaer-1382080.html-->

„Durch den Tod entsteht ein deprimierendes Bild des Krieges.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

FAZ Quelle: F.A.Z., 09.11.2006, Nr. 261 / Seite 2, FAZ http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/donald-rumsfeld-ein-kaltschnaeuziger-visionaer-1382080.html

„Minister Powell und ich sind bei jedem Thema, mit dem sich diese Regierung jemals befaßt hat, einer Meinung - außer in den Fällen, in denen Colin noch lernt.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

FAZ Quelle: F.A.Z., 09.11.2006, Nr. 261 / Seite 2, FAZ http://www.faz.net/aktuell/politik/ausland/donald-rumsfeld-ein-kaltschnaeuziger-visionaer-1382080.html

„Das Fehlen von Beweisen ist kein Beweis für das Fehlen von Massenvernichtungswaffen.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Übers.: Jochen Bölsche, Spiegel, 10.03.2003, spiegel.de http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/dirty-tricks-wenn-kriegsgruende-erfunden-werden-a-239340-2.html
" I could have said that the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, or vice versa." - DoD News Briefing 12. Februar 2002 defense.gov transcript http://www.defense.gov/transcripts/transcript.aspx?transcriptid=2636, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiPe1OiKQuk

„It is pretty clear that the coalition can win in Afghanistan and Iraq in one way or another, but it will be a long, hard slog.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/10/22/sprj.irq.main/index.html
referring to the ongoing War on Terrorism
2000s

„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 tend to be the difficult ones.
The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, or vice versa.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Department of Defense news briefing (12 February 2002)
Variant:
Now what is the message there? The message is that there are no "knowns." There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don't know. So when we do the best we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well that's basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns. And each year, we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns.
:It sounds like a riddle. It isn't a riddle. It is a very serious, important matter.
:There's another way to phrase that and that is that the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. It is basically saying the same thing in a different way. Simply because you do not have evidence that something exists does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn't exist. And yet almost always, when we make our threat assessments, when we look at the world, we end up basing it on the first two pieces of that puzzle, rather than all three.
:* Extending on his earlier comments in a press conference at NATO Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium (6 June 2002) http://www.nato.int/docu/speech/2002/s020606g.htm
2000s

„We know where they [Iraq's WMD] are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat….“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News This Week, March 30, 2003
Kontext: We know where they [Iraq's WMD] are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat.... I would also add, we saw from the air that there were dozens of trucks that went into that facility after the existence of it became public in the press and they moved things out. They dispersed them and took them away. So there may be nothing left. I don't know that. But it's way too soon to know. The exploitation is just starting.

„It is easier to get into something than to get out of it.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Rumsfeld's Rules" January 12, 1974 http://library.villanova.edu/vbl/bweb/rumsfeldsrules.pdf
1970s

„It recalls to mind the statement by Winston Churchill, something to the effect that: I have benefited greatly from criticism, and at no time have I suffered a lack thereof.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/08/AR2006110801579.html?nav=rss_politics
During the Nomination of Robert Gates for the next U.S. Secretary of Defense, November 8, 2006
2000s

„I suppose the implication of that is the president and the vice president and myself and Colin Powell just fell off a turnip truck to take these jobs.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

In response to Jeffrey Goldberg's question to comment on accusations that the "Jewish lobby" maneuvered the administration into war. The New Republic, October 8, 2007. http://www.tnr.com/toc/story.html?id=523b5134-8643-4f5e-a314-ac9b8a786b16&p=13
2000s

„And there is, I am certain, among the Iraqi people a respect for the care and the precision that went into the bombing campaign.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

DoD News Briefing April 09, 2003 http://www.defenselink.mil/Transcripts/Transcript.aspx?TranscriptID=2339
2000s

„I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to four hours?“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Written on a memo in reference to the treatment of Guantanamo prisoner and to the way he worked in his office as Secretary of Defense, 2002. Reported in The Washington Post, 24 June 2004. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A946-2004Jun23.html
2000s

„Let's hear it for the essential daily briefing, however hollow and empty it might be. We'll do it.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Meeting with Media Pool Bureau Chiefs October 18, 2001 http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2001/t10192001_t1018bc.html
2000s

„As you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time. Since the Iraq conflict began, the Army has been pressing ahead to produce the armor necessary at a rate that they believe -- it's a greatly expanded rate from what existed previously, but a rate that they believe is the rate that is all that can be accomplished at this moment.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

[Troops put Rumsfeld in the hot seat, http://www.cnn.com/2004/US/12/08/rumsfeld.kuwait/index.html, 2006-04-07, 2004-12-08, CNN]
Responding to the question "Now why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up armor our vehicles, and why don't we have those resources readily available to us?"
2000s

„We do have a saying in America: if you're in a hole, stop digging ….. erm, I'm not sure I should have said that.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

http://www.guardian.co.uk/quiz/questions/0,,1943315,00.html
http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/europe/09/24/schroeder.blair/index.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20030621143902/http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/bbing/stories/s865620.htm
2000s

„And it is not knowable if force will be used, but if it is to be used, it is not knowable how long that conflict would last. It could last, you know, six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

TownHall Meeting At Aviano Air Base in Italy (7 February 2003) https://web.archive.org/web/20070114160540/http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2003/t02072003_t0207sdtownhall.html
2000s

„I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks, or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Interview with Steve Croft, Infinity CBS Radio Connect (14 November 2002) https://web.archive.org/web/20031217182208/http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2002/t11152002_t1114rum.html
2000s

„I didn't advocate invasion…I wasn't asked.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Responding to George Stephanopoulos about whether he would have advocated an invasion of Iraq if he had known that no weapons of mass destruction would be found there, ABC News This Week, November 20, 2005 http://mediamatters.org/items/200511230004
2000s

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