Donald Rumsfeld: statesman, superhero, poet

Among the largely unknown unknowns about former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is that he was quite an accomplished poet. Even if he didn’t know it. Although his recently published memoir is self-serving (well, how many memoirs aren’t self-serving?) and generally savaged by literary critics, the lyrical poetry cited below has been heard by many during open recitals. No charge.

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

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 above gems were posted at Slate.

And now for some more visual fun:

Booyah! Spidey, Rummy and Captain America had money on the Packers.

Former co-colleague (inside joke) Chip Bok inked this gem as the war in Iraq, Son of Desert Storm, was losing momentum and popularity. Even the troops were becoming hostile to this chickenhawk.

 

Here’s an update on Rummy.

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