Zitate Donald Rumsfeld

„You and a few other critics are the only people I've heard use the phrase immediate threat. I didn't, the president didn't. And it's become kind of folklore that that's what's happened.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

CBS Face the Nation (14 March 2004) http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2004/tr20040314-secdef0542.html; in response Thomas Friedman quoted his previous statement from a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee (10 September 2002) http://www.iraqwatch.org/government/US/HearingsPreparedstatements/hasc-091802.htm:
:: But no terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
2000s

„Well, so be it. Nothing's perfect in life, so you have an election that's not quite perfect. Is it better than not having an election? You bet.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Regards upcoming elections in Iraq http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2005/s1283005.htm, January 14, 2005.
2000s

„The natural state of man is to want to be free. To have opportunities. To have choices.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

On Arab Spring, Rumsfeld, that he wasn't surprised by popular uprisings of Libya, Egypt, and Tunisia. http://edition.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/03/08/rumsfeld.interview/index.html March 9, 2011.
2010s

„Oh, Lord. I didn't mean to say anything quotable.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Interview with Associated Press Friday, September 7, 2001 http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2001/t09102001_t0907ap.html
2000s

„What we are seeing is not the war in Iraq. What we're seeing is slices of the war in Iraq.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

http://www.guardian.co.uk/quiz/questions/0,,1943315,00.html
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0303/21/se.14.html
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/media/jan-june03/warcoverage_3-22.html
2000s

„It's a difficult thing today to be informed about our government even without all the secrecy.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

As quoted in The Chicago Tribune (13 April 1966)
1960s

„Pieces of intelligence, scraps of intelligence…you run down leads and you run down leads, and you hope that sometimes it works.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

DoD News Briefing May 01, 2002 http://www.defenselink.mil/Transcripts/Transcript.aspx?TranscriptID=3424
2000s

„Now, you're thinking of Europe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's old Europe.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

As quoted in "Outrage at 'old Europe' remarks" in BBC News (23 January 2003) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2687403.stm
2000s

„Be able to resign. It will improve your value to the President and do wonders for your performance.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

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

„I shouldn't get into … this is diplomacy, and I don't do diplomacy.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

http://www.guardian.co.uk/quiz/questions/0,,1943315,00.html
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0304/30/se.01.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/news/bh/rumsfeld.shtml
2000s

„I don't know what the facts are but somebody's certainly going to sit down with him and find out what he knows that they may not know, and make sure he knows what they know that he may not know, and that's a good thing.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Talking to reporters about whether President Bush knows about equipment inadequacies in Iraq http://www.defenselink.mil/Transcripts/Transcript.aspx?TranscriptID=1985
2000s

„I don't believe anyone that I know in the administration ever said that Iraq had nuclear weapons.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

At a hearing of the Senate's appropriations subcommittee on defense (14 May 2003)
2000s

„There will be good moments, and there will be less good moments.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

April 7, 2004, in reference to the 2004 spring uprising in Iraq http://www.defenselink.mil/Transcripts/Transcript.aspx?TranscriptID=2469
2000s

„Then there are three or four countries that have said they won't do anything. I believe Libya, Cuba and Germany are ones that have indicated they won't help in any respect.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

"Threats And Responses: Germany; Rumsfeld Faces Tense Greeting and Antiwar Rallies in Munich" by Thom Shanker, in The New York Times (8 February 2003) http://www.nytimes.com/2003/02/08/world/threats-responses-germany-rumsfeld-faces-tense-greeting-antiwar-rallies-munich.html
2000s

„I picked up a newspaper today and I couldn't believe it. I read eight headlines that talked about chaos, violence, unrest. And it just was Henny Penny -- "The sky is falling." I've never seen anything like it! And here is a country that's being liberated, here are people who are going from being repressed and held under the thumb of a vicious dictator, and they're free. And all this newspaper could do, with eight or 10 headlines, they showed a man bleeding, a civilian, who they claimed we had shot —one thing after another.
From the very beginning, we were convinced that we would succeed, and that means that that regime would end. And we were convinced that as we went from the end of that regime to something other than that regime, there would be a period of transition. And, you cannot do everything instantaneously; it's never been done, everything instantaneously. We did, however, recognize that there was at least a chance of catastrophic success, if you will, to reverse the phrase, that you could in a given place or places have a victory that occurred well before reasonable people might have expected it, and that we needed to be ready for that; we needed to be ready with medicine, with food, with water. And, we have been.
Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They're also free to live their lives and do wonderful things. And that's what's going to happen here.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

DOD news briefing following the fall of Baghdad (11 April 2003) http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2003/tr20030411-secdef0090.html

„I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

Interview with the Washington Post (9 January 2002) http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2002/t02052002_t0109wp.html
2000s

„[ Osama bin Laden is] either alive and well or alive and not too well or not alive.“

—  Donald Rumsfeld

DoD News Briefing October 07, 2002 http://www.defenselink.mil/Transcripts/Transcript.aspx?TranscriptID=3786
2000s

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