Known and Unknown: A Memoir

by: Donald Rumsfeld, read in 2011

101 Argument against conscription
141 "...our group at CLC [Cost of Living Council] deserved an award for the many bad things that did not happen on our watch."
215 Detente
286 "There is often pressure for the seemingly urgent to crowd out the important."
452-6 General Shinseki and General Jones and the "media generated myth "elevated to the level of scripture"", that they thought more troops were needed.
578 Enhanced interrogation techniques – waterboarding
581 No link between prisoner abuse and interrogation
585 No one was ever waterboarded by US Military personnel anywhere in the world, and none was ever done at Gitmo. Waterboarding was only done by CIA outside of Gitmo and only on 3 people.
586 "The men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency who elicited critical information from well-connected al-Qaida members, deserve our respect, not condemnation. They are patriots, not criminals."
586 "U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, wrote that: "[F]ully half of the government's knowledge about the structure and activities of al Qaeda came from those interrogations.""
593 Rumsfeld "...would be the first secretary of defense in history to lose a case in the Supreme Court of the United States to a terrorist."
595 "The mere threat of lawsuits and legal charges effectively bullies American decision makers, alters their actions, intimidates our security forces, and limits our country's ability to gather intelligence and defend the American people. This is a new kind of asymmetric war waged by our enemies—"lawfare"." – Shameful!
609 "[GWB] had to put all these plans in place quickly, withstanding bitter partisan criticism and unpopularity for having done what he believed was best for the country. President Obama's latter-day support of these decisions is evidence that on most of the big questions regarding our enemies, George W. Bush and his administration got it right."
655 Contentious changes made by Rumsfeld: "Canceling the Crusader, dismissing the Army secretary, expanding special operations forces, bringing a four-star officer out of retirement to lead the Army, and a Special Forces officer to boot, encouraging war planning that takes into account speed, precision, agility, and deployability, and shifting from divisions to brigade combat teams"

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