"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded. And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager
Monday, December 18, 2006 The Quotable Rumsfeld As of this morning, Donald Rumsfeld is officially no longer Secretary of Defense. Crooks and Liars has posted a compendium of some of his most famous quotes.
Among my favorites:
"[Osama Bin Laden is] either alive and well or alive and not too well or not alive."
"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."
"It is unknowable how long that conflict [the war in Iraq] will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months." -in Feb. 2003
"Secretary Powell and I agree on every single issue that has ever been before this administration except for those instances where Colin's still learning."
"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 my favorite...
"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."
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