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Former Friend: Rumsfeld in ‘Deep Denial’ on Iraq

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Posted on Nov 13, 2006

Ken Adelman, a Defense Policy Board member and former but longtime friend of Donald Rumsfeld, told The New Yorker that Rumsfeld is in a reality-proof bubble when it comes to the Iraq war.


Ken Adelman, quoted in the New Yorker:

“He was in deep denial—deep, deep denial. And then he did a strange thing. He did fifteen or twenty minutes of posing questions to himself, and then answering them. He made the statement that we can only lose the war in America, that we can’t lose it in Iraq. And I tried to interrupt this interrogatory soliloquy to say, ‘Yes, we are actually losing the war in Iraq.’ He got upset and cut me off. He said, ‘Excuse me,’ and went right on with it.”

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By Sue, November 14, 2006 at 11:30 am Link to this comment
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To: Vet240,

RIGHT ON! You took those setiments right out of my thoughts. Couldn’t agree with you more!

Bush is a cowboy, an oil tycoon. Very close family (daddy) ties.

Too bad we’ll never be able to prove it though.
Love to have him fully investigated and held accountable if so. He has too much money and power for that to happen I think.

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By John, November 14, 2006 at 6:40 am Link to this comment
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Don’t feed the troll!

(excuse my delurking)

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By An American in the UK, November 14, 2006 at 5:59 am Link to this comment
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It seems to me that ‘by Ameriacan in Manila’ is from the same mental group as Rummy and Bush. Obviously this person lives in the same cloud koo koo land as Bush and his administration, the neocons and the one third, or so, of Americans that still support the loonies in the White House. And, if ‘by American in Manila’ knew anything about George Washington, he’d know George was not such a moral person, but then again, who in Washington is???

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By Charlotte, November 14, 2006 at 1:05 am Link to this comment
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Thanks “American In Manila” for that little display in utter nationalism to the point of excluding the facts.

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By REPLY 2 American in Manila, November 14, 2006 at 12:08 am Link to this comment
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Amerincan in Manila,

  is that why you are in manila because the america is so great under your glorious rule of the GOP?

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By vet240, November 13, 2006 at 10:28 pm Link to this comment
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Donald Rumsfeld is not in a state of deep-deep-denial. He is getting ready for the Congressional hearings on the conduct leading up to the Iraq war and the ensueing concequences.

I have a limited education/experience on these types of operations, but even I can tell you that, after our first-hand experience in Viet Nam with terrorists/insurgents, and our second hand experience as suppliers and facilitators (the CIA) of the Afghan Insurgents where we watched the Soviet Union being brought to its knees by men like Usama Bin Laden. We should not have gone into Iraq.

I am sure many in the Bush camp were aware of the only possible outcome of invading Iraq, which is sure failure. Knowing this, why did they really go into Iraq? Could it be as simple as Bush wanting a second term? Possibly the OIL? Remember that origionally the Iraqi operation was called Operation Iraqi Liberation (OIL).

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By Bukko, November 13, 2006 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment
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American in Manila, you must be Michelle Malkin. I hope you are happy where you are. Please stay there!

As for Ronald Dumsfeld being in denial, I know how to bring him to reality. Send him to Iraq! As the driver of an unarmored Humvee…

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By Gene, November 13, 2006 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment
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To American in Manila: You ranked George Bush as the “greatest president of the USA since George Washington!” As measured by what? How exactly does he compare to George Washington?

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By Aussie Mark, November 13, 2006 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment
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That was a very funny comment by American in Manila.
Do you write for the Colbert Report perhaps ? smile

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By Wisco, November 13, 2006 at 8:02 pm Link to this comment
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RE: Above:

It’s hard to tell parody from reality these days…

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By Dennis D, November 13, 2006 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment
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There is a picture of the entire Bush cabinet in the dictionary next to the definition of INSANITY ! Remember what happened when Toto pulled back the curtain in the Wizard of OZ. Just another compasionate conservative exposed.

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By carol rasmussen, November 13, 2006 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment
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it’s scarey how we are lied to by the leadership of this country. There’s an old saying in the catholic church pray,pay and obey. that’s gone out the window. we are no longer children who do not question our faith leaders when they do wrong. why should we allow our government whom we have elected, be allowed to profiteer, hide behind wartime powers,destroy the geneva convention, and the constitution all in the name of homeland security. pardon me, but this once was a nation of law. do our leaders really expect us to believe we are bringing order to the middle east by destroying our constitution? we just had a peaceful shift of power. let those in charge take note. it is best to lead by example not force.

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By Manny, November 13, 2006 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. American in Manila
I’m so glad that Truthdig allowed you to express your sick ideas because I know that if you and your Neo-Cons had your way,  freedom and Constitutional rights would come to an end.

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By satinam, November 13, 2006 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment
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If an insider like ken Adelman is a traitor then I guess we are all traitors now.Since a mandate was just handed to the Dems to change the direction of this senseless war for profit and ultimately to purge the criminals who lied us into this war for their profit.The ‘Am.in manila’s’ comment that he basically hates gays is his own problem.For one thing,no matter how much they portray themselves as gay haters,the GOP loves gays and are just horribly repressed,ie.Haggart,who actually is a flaming gay man;ken Melhman,head of the GOP;Foley,really a pedophile;and the list goes on and on.
And if george bush is the greatest pres. since george washington,then check out the US debt of in fact 2 trillion dollars when all is paid for,including disabled/maimed vet payments for the next 40yrs.The next 2 or3 generations will be working for slave wages to pay down that debt,no matter how much money they print.Add to that the fact that george just bought himself a 93,000acre ranch,adjacent to his father’s 173,000acre ranch in Paraguay,so he could go retire there after he’s ruined the country that he and his OLIGARCY of a family love so much.WAKE UP DUDE! You’ve been duped by a moron.

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By satinam, November 13, 2006 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment
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Rumsfeld has always seemed out of touch with reality.He reminds me of the statement that the administration made early on, that they would be making ‘reality’ and while others were busy studying that reality they would go on to create yet another version of ‘reality’.It seems that in creating a’reality’one must be in touch with fundamental laws,ie.quantum physics,cultural awareness,human reactions,foreign languages,the deep inner human bonds of family,tribe,territory and beliefs,respect and an understanding of human dignity.
Colonialists do not grasp these concepts.These ideas are in fact as foreign to them as Arabic.When you live in a world where profit is your deepest motivational factor,as I believe it ultimately is for this regime,then other considerations are nearly nonexistant.
What was the war all about? then. The bush regime must have thought they could passify the people of Iraq using the firepower of the US military,who lent themselves to their schemes,and then simply privatize all Iraqi resources and leave the country looted of its history and absent of its population,via DU and the devastating effect of tons of bombing missions into populated cities.This remaking of reality has turned the planet into a hell,where humans rule by threat of violence and devastation,in a lawless damaged environment of starving children and a wounded,maimed population.This was the Gop’s offering to the world.This is Rumsfeld’s legacy should he ever CARE to look at what he took part in bringing into Our history.Therefore he ought not to wonder why it is not his version of reality that the rest of the world sees and FEELS clearly.

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By Kwagmyre, November 13, 2006 at 5:36 pm Link to this comment
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Certified “Nutsfeld”.

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By Don Knutsen, November 13, 2006 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment
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Deep Denial ? This , I would think is an indication of a far more serious mental state then denial. The fact that this administration has continued to follow this man’s direction and would still be applauding his most excellent job as Bush did a mere week before sacking him, should I would think indicate a far more serious problem Cheney and his sock puppet have with reality…..these people continue to be a danger to our society and as such should be isolated away. Perhaps theres room in Noreiga’s residence.

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By American in Manila, November 13, 2006 at 3:32 pm Link to this comment
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Ken Adelman is a traitor and a back stabber in my humble opinion for Rummy was correct and those who attack him are morons and weak kneed sisters !
President Bush is the greatest president of the USA since George Washington !
The problem with the republicians is that they permit homosexuals in positions of power they must purge there great party of gays for gays are always crazy!
God Bless America
God Bless all the american people & all its leaders

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