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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2003 9:38 pm (14 years, 7 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Some of Daniel's recent posts inspired this one with selections from 'The poetry of D. H. Rumsfeld,' which are from a Slate.com article I heard about on the radio today.

Slate.com wrote:
April 2 — Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is an accomplished man. Not only is he guiding the war in Iraq, he has been a pilot, a congressman, an ambassador, a businessman, and a civil servant. But few Americans know that he is also a poet. [my emphasis] Wink

The Unknown
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.

—Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

The Digital Revolution
Oh my goodness gracious,
What you can buy off the Internet
In terms of overhead photography!

A trained ape can know an awful lot
Of what is going on in this world,
Just by punching on his mouse
For a relatively modest cost!

—June 9, 2001, following European trip

A Confession
Once in a while,
I’m standing here, doing something.
And I think,
“What in the world am I doing here?”
It’s a big surprise.

—May 16, 2001, interview with the New York Times

Clarity
I think what you’ll find,
I think what you’ll find is,
Whatever it is we do substantively,
There will be near-perfect clarity
As to what it is.

And it will be known,
And it will be known to the Congress,
And it will be known to you,
Probably before we decide it,
But it will be known.

—Feb. 28, 2003, Department of Defense briefing

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2003 8:44 am (14 years, 7 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Don't tell me his PR assistant(s) prepared those news briefings... Rolling Eyes

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2003 1:35 am (14 years, 7 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

You never know, Daniel Wink Smile

... although I think it's more likely he got help from some of his peers, like say GWB or Dan Quayle ... Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 19, 2003 7:14 pm (14 years, 7 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Who Said The World Is In Short Supply Of Geniuses !! Or Every Thing I Ever Learned - When I Was 12 -!! Thank You !!

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