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Marie Cocco: Dealing With Rumsfeld the Weaselly Way

The fledgling congressional movement to strip power from Rumsfeld and shift it to the U.S. generals in Iraq is nothing more than a ploy started by a politician afraid of losing his job.

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Army Gen.: Rumsfeld Muzzled Postwar Plans

Army Brig. Gen. Mark Scheid, who retires in three weeks, said the Defense secretary threatened in 2003 to “fire the next person” who talked about the need for postwar planning for Iraq. Rumsfeld apparently knew such talk would create the perception that the U.S. would be there a long time.
This is big: It’s a current Army general saying this—albeit one who’s about to retire. And it confirms what outsiders (like journalists) have been reporting for some time.

Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE

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Weekly Video Roundup

In this week?s collection of our favorite videos: Bush talks nonsense; a mayor courageously speaks out against the war; Pat Buchanan longs for the white America he grew up in; Stewart and Colbert address the idol-worshipers of television; and Keith Olbermann gives Rumsfeld a Murrow-style smackdown.

Posted on Sep 2, 2006 READ MORE

Keith Olbermann
Crooks and Liars

Olbermann Puts Rumsfeld to Shame

Keith Olbermann delivered a masterful retort on Wednesday to Donald Rumsfeld’s recent diatribe on fascism.  With a commentary as apt as it was eloquent, Olbermann excoriated the defense secretary’s very patriotism: “In what country was Mr. Rumsfeld raised?  As a child, of whose heroism did he read?  On what side of the battle for freedom did he dream one day to fight?  With what country has he confused? the United States of America?” (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE

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Here We Go Again

Donald Rumsfeld paid a visit to a missile defense interceptor site on Sunday, and managed limited praise for the failure-ridden program.  The Bush administration, which deployed the system before testing was complete, has plans for expansion with a new base in Europe.

Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE

Andrew Sullivan: Bush’s Faith and Incompetence

Andrew Sullivan has an interesting post on the fundamentalism that makes it impossible for Bush to ever change course: “Faith is to the new conservatism ... what ideology was to the old leftism: an unquestioned orthodoxy from which all policy flows.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE

Jon Stewart

Stewart Nails Condi on ‘Hypothetical’ Hypocrisy

Jon Stewart presided over a mock game show on Tuesday, during which he played highlights of Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and Alberto Gonzales contradicting themselves and refusing to answer the simplest of questions.

Posted on Aug 9, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Brutally Spanks Rumsfeld Over Iraq

Hillary Clinton raked Donald Rumsfeld over the coals on Thursday over his “failed” prosecution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She closed with a knockout punch: “Given your track record, Secretary Rumsfeld, why should we believe your assurances now?” (video and transcript) Rumsfeld was left sputtering.

Posted on Aug 3, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

Hillary Clinton: Rumsfeld Should Resign

Hours after upbraiding him at a congressional hearing over what she called “failed policy” in Iraq, the junior senator from New York told an AP reporter that Rumsfeld should step down. “The secretary has lost credibility with the Congress and with the people,” she said.

  • Rumsfeld’s latest loss of credibility came during that very hearing. Check it out.

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 READ MORE

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    Rumsfeld Whopper: I Was Never Overly Optimistic About Iraq

    Testifying before Congress today, Donald Rumsfeld said he has ?never painted a rosy picture? about Iraq, and that ?you would have a dickens of a time trying to find instances where I have been overly optimistic.?
    (h/t: ThinkProgress)
    That’s just nonsense. And we’ve got the proof—in the form of Rumsfeld’s own words (after the jump...)

    Posted on Aug 3, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Molly Ivins: Maybe If We Tried a Slingshot

    Confrontational hard-liners Don Rumsfeld and John Bolton continue to ramp up tensions between the U.S. and North Korea; Molly Ivins wonders if maybe it’s still not too late for a little diplomacy.

    Posted on Jun 28, 2006 READ MORE

    Szep - Seeing Some Action

    Posted on Jun 16, 2006 ENLARGE

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    Three Hundred Twenty Billion Little Pieces

    America has allocated just under $320 billion to date on the Iraq war—a price tag so staggeringly large that it has almost become an abstraction. To help put that number into context, we’re asking our readers to chime in with suggestions as to what else you could buy for $320 billion. (Primer: $320 billion would fund America’s adoption of the Kyoto Protocol.)

    Posted on Jun 15, 2006 READ MORE

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    Sidney Blumenthal: Bush Sr. Tried to Replace Rumsfeld

    The former president waged a secret campaign earlier this year to replace the secretary of defense with a retired four-star general, according to Sidney Blumenthal. (Pay wall / ad-watching req’d.)

    Posted on Jun 10, 2006 READ MORE

    Rumsfeld's WMDs

    Rumsfeld Lies About WMD Statement

    The secretary of defense tries to rewrite history regarding his claim about “suspect sites” of Iraqi WMD.
    This is the same thing that Ray McGovern nailed him on earlier in May.

    Posted on May 26, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Jon Stewart and Ray McGovern

    Jon Stewart Rips Into Rumsfeld’s Lies

    “The Daily Show” host does to Rumsfeld exactly what CIA veteran Ray McGovern did last week: throw Rumsfeld’s lies back in his face.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Ray McGovern
    From Mother Jones

    McGovern: Rumsfeld Drama Evoked Soviet Era

    Ray McGovern, the CIA veteran who publicly challenged Donald Rumsfeld last week, tells Buzz Flash in an in-depth interview that the canned applause that accompanied Rumsfeld’s lies reminded McGovern of Cold War-era Russia.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE

    Olbermann shows McGovern_Rumsfeld confrontation

    Olbermann Highlights McGovern, Rumsfeld

    Keith Olbermann presents the uncut version of CIA veteran Ray McGovern’s confrontation with Donald Rumsfeld. The MSNBC host uses Rumsfeld’s own words to throw his lies back in his face—with the help of Newsweek writer Richard Wolffe.

    Posted on May 7, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Ray McGovern

    Truthdigger of the Week: Ray McGovern

    Truthdig salutes Ray McGovern, the 27-year CIA veteran who articulated the outrage of a nation by publicly and heroically challenging Donald Rumsfeld’s lies about Iraqi WMD.
    Click here for the full report.

    Posted on May 5, 2006 READ MORE

    Coverage of Rumsfeld Speech Incident Has a Gap

    While almost all media organizations reported that CIA veteran Ray McGovern publicly clashed with Rumsfeld, most labeled him a “heckler” or a “hostile war critic.” Few bothered to mention that McGovern was indisputably correct: Rumsfeld’s 2003 comments on Iraqi WMD were flat-out false.

    Posted on May 5, 2006 READ MORE

    Ray McGovern with Paula Zahn

    Rumsfeld’s CIA Critic Swats Away Paula Zahn

    Ray McGovern, the retired CIA veteran who sharply challenged Rumsfeld’s war rationales, angrily swatted away CNN’s Paula Zahn’s questions about McGovern’s motives. This was “not a matter of axes to grind. It?s a matter of telling the truth.”

    Posted on May 5, 2006 READ MORE

    Rumsfeld forum

    Must-See TV

    Ray McGovern, a retired 27-year veteran of the CIA, leaves Donald Rumsfeld sputtering as he pulls apart the secretary of defense’s flawed rationale for the Iraq war—on live television.

  • Video
  • Bio of McGovern

  • Posted on May 4, 2006 READ MORE

    Rumsfeld grilled

    Former CIA Agent Calls Rumsfeld Out on Iraq Lies

    The secretary of defense was unable to defend himself when a 27-year CIA veteran confronted him with a false claim Rumsfeld made in 2003 about Iraqi WMDs. Stunning.

    Posted on May 4, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Jon Stewart and Rumsfeld

    Jon Stewart: ‘Holy Crap, We’re Going to War With Iran’

    After Donald Rumsfeld dismissed reports of a possible strike on Iran by mockingly saying, “Henny penny the sky is falling…” Jon Stewart spanked the secretary of defense with a clip of him using the same phrase three years ago—to mock the idea that Iraq was descending into chaos.

    Posted on Apr 21, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    McCain Critical of Rumsfeld’s Handling of War

    The former “straight-shooter” (who has recently reversed his stances on several issues) is nevertheless steadfast on his support of the Iraq war, despite being “a bit resentful” of the Secretary of Defense “for the way the war has been poorly handled.” (via Huff Po)

    Posted on Apr 20, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush is 'The Decider'

    ‘I’m the Decider and I Decide What Is Best’

    Watch the president utter the remark that became a classic the moment it left his lips.

    Posted on Apr 19, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Bush Gives a Thumbs Up

    Stop the Presses! Bush Reads a Newspaper!

    The famously anti-intellectual president tells reporters: ” ... I read the front page and I know the speculation. But I’m the decider and I decide what’s best. And what’s best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense.” (Via Huff Po.)
    “I’m the decider, and I decide what’s best”... someone call Jacob Weisberg to update his “Bushisms” book.

    Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE

    The Nation: Generals Revolt

    Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, asks, “Is there a retired general left in the States who hasn’t called on Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to fall on his sword?”

    Posted on Apr 17, 2006 READ MORE

    Major General John Batiste (ret)

    Anti-Rumsfeld General: Questioning Command Healthy For Democracy

    Major Gen. John Batiste (ret), who has called for Rumsfeld’s resignation, tells Katie Couric: “I think there’s a lot of people now starting to ask questions, and I think that’s healthy in a democracy.” He also says the book “Cobra II” gets the Iraq War story right.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE

    General Planning

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 ENLARGE

    Andy Borowitz: U.S. to Send One Troop to Iran

    The political satirist reports on Rumsfeld’s plan to punish the government of Iran for its nuclear ambitions by sending the one troop to Tehran.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE

    Generals v. Rumsfeld

    Sixth General Calls for Rumseld’s Ouster

    Read the New York Times’ take on the growing list. But check out CNN’s “Five reasons why Rumsfeld won’t leave easily.” Also, Bush is standing firmly with his war architect.
    Update: Rep. Harold Ford calls for Rumsfeld’s resignation.

    Posted on Apr 14, 2006 READ MORE

    Retired Maj. Gen. John Batiste

    Fourth Top General Calls on Rumsfeld to Resign

    The retired commander, who was leading key forces in Iraq just a year ago, told CNN: “It speaks volumes that guys like me are speaking out from retirement about the leadership climate in the Department of Defense.”

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE

    Third Retired General Wants Rumsfeld Out

    The military’s former top operations officer expresses regret that he did not more closely question the rationale for invading Iraqi, and urges active-duty officers to speak out.

    Posted on Apr 11, 2006 READ MORE

    Rumsfeld and Rice
    From PBS

    Rumsfeld Challenges Rice on Her ‘Tactical Errors’ Remark

    The secretary of defense said the secretary of state displayed a “lack of understanding ... of what warfare is about” in saying last week that the U.S. had probably made thousands of “tactical errors” in Iraq. “I don’t know what she was talking about, to be perfectly honest,” Rumsfeld continued. (Hat tip: Huff Po)

    Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE

    U.S. Military Wants Control of Telecom Spectrum

    A sobering report commissioned by Rumsfeld details how U.S. military planners want to take control of the Earth’s electromagnetic spectrum, allowing America to dominate telcommunications for propaganda and psy-ops purposes.

    Posted on Apr 4, 2006 READ MORE

    Gen. Zinni
    From ThinkProgress

    Gen. Zinni Calls on Rumsfeld to Resign

    The former commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East called on the secretary of defense and other Bush officials to resign for making a “series of disastrous mistakes” in Iraq. (video)

    Posted on Apr 2, 2006 READ MORE

    Claim: U.S.-Trained Iraqi Police Abetting Massacres

    Time magazine says evidence is mounting that the Shiite-dominated police force has become a corps of shock troops bent on killing Sunnis.

    Posted on Mar 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Three Years of War in Iraq: a Timeline

    The blog ThinkProgress has put together a stellar walk-through of the major events of the conflict. (Above: Bush’s infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech aboard an aircraft carrier.)

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraq: Three Years In

    It’s the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Where do we stand?
    The N.Y. Times calls the undertaking a miserable, botched fiasco. Iraq’s former interim prime minister calls the sectarian violence “civil war.” An L.A. Times reporter says that Bush is working to lower expectations in Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld, writing in the Washington Post, sees the occupation through rose-colored glasses. A BBC reporter gives a “glass-half-full / glass-half-empty” reading, but the headline uses the word “bleak.”

    Posted on Mar 19, 2006 READ MORE


    Stewart Jabs Bush Over Iran Bombs Claim

    Jon Stewart lays it out in technicolor: Bush had no solid backing for his claim that Iran is providing the deadly Iraqi roadside bombs. (As Truthdig also pointed out two days ago.)

    Posted on Mar 17, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    Digging In for the ‘Long War’

    “The Pentagon has decided to fight what it is now calling the ‘Long War.’ Has anyone asked you about this? Me neither.”

    Posted on Mar 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Condi Rice Heckled by Antiwar Protester

    A protester interrupts the secretary of state at a budget hearing: “The blood is on your hands and you cannot wash it away.”

    Posted on Mar 10, 2006 WATCH & LISTEN

    The Progress Myth in Iraq

    There is now a three-year record of who has been right about what is happening in Iraq—Rumsfeld or the media. And the score is: Press, 1,095; Rumsfeld, 0.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE

    Our Amnesiac Torture Debate

    Bush’s choice of Panama to make his declaration that America does not torture “is a little like dropping by a slaughterhouse to pronounce the United States a nation of vegetarians.”

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE

    Rumsfeld’s ‘Golly Gee’ Stance on Port Sale Draws Skepticism

    The secretary of defense claims he didn’t know about the pending sale of six major U.S. ports to a United Arab Emirates company, even though, as ThinkProgress points out, he sat on a board that approved the sale.
    Meanwhile, the president vows to veto any blockage of the sale, setting up a showdown with Republicans and Democrats.
    Confused about the issue? The Moderate Voice has a good primer.

    Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Today in the Media War Against Al Qaeda

    Rumsfeld says that we’re losing the media war against Al Qaeda, on the same day a militant website posts a new tape by Bin Laden, in which he vows never to be taken alive.
    In perhaps unrelated Al Qaeda media war news, Batman cartoonist Frank Miller says that the caped crusader’s next foes will be Bin Laden’s henchmen.

    Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE

    Rumsfeld Compares Chavez to Hitler

    The secretary of defense likens the Venezuelan president to the German dictator, saying: “He’s a person who was elected legally—just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally.” | story

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE

    Bush with Cheney
    White House photo by David Bohrer

    Cheney Denies Knowing Bush

    Jack Abramoff? Sorry, never knew the guy…. Oh yeah, and while we’re on the topic of bad guys, I don’t know that Bush character either. Photos? What photos?

    Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE

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