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Donald Rumsfeld

Date de naissance: 9. juillet 1932

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Donald Henry Rumsfeld, né le 9 juillet 1932 à Evanston , est un homme politique américain. Membre du Parti républicain, il est secrétaire à la Défense entre 1975 et 1977 dans l'administration du président Gerald Ford puis entre 2001 et 2006 dans l'administration du président George W. Bush, la première fois devenant le plus jeune titulaire du poste, la seconde fois le plus âgé.

Membre fondateur du think tank néoconservateur Project for the New American Century, ancien champion de lutte et pilote de l'US Navy, il est aussi un adepte du franc-parler et un important stratège militaire[réf. nécessaire].

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Citations Donald Rumsfeld

„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)<!-- DEAD LINK --> 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

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„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
Context: 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. Interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News This Week, March 30, 2003

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

„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

„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

„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

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„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

„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

„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)

„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

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„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

„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

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