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Rumsfeld loses the plot

by ThatBritGuy Thu Oct 26th, 2006 at 07:19:48 PM EST

There's not much to say about this, because it speaks for itself. Cspan has the video of of Rumsfeld morphing from soft-spoken speechmaker into gesticulating loon when asked a hard question about Iraq about five minutes in.

Remember - it's complicated. And complex. And even multidimensional. And just back off with the questions, okay?

You can almost feel the press corps squirming in their seats with embarrassment.

There's more entertainment around 25 minutes in, when Rumsfeld explains to the press that "He didn't just fall off a turnip truck."

And later at 32:30 when he answers a question with "The problem is the word 'It.'"

Snark is pretty much redundant.

If you don't have a Mac and can hack rtsp in RealPlayer, you can see the entire video, in all of its ghoulish pumpkin-headed Halloween madness, at:


(RealPlayer on my Mac won't play this, for some reason.)

If you do have a Mac there's a highlight online with a transcript at Think Progress.

Needlenose: Rum Fu
by Fran on Fri Oct 27th, 2006 at 01:37:57 AM EST
Wow. (Only read the highlight so far.)
It's not complicated and it's complicated. P & ~P. (Brain exploding etcetera.)

Thanks for posting, probably won't watch the whole thing as I'd get too upset.

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Fri Oct 27th, 2006 at 06:30:06 AM EST
Down with the law of the excluded middle!

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 27th, 2006 at 06:39:10 AM EST
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From what I saw of this press conference, the whole issue that frustrated Rumsfeld was over timetables for troop reduction/withdrawal and milestones which is something no one in the administration really wants to address, and I don't blame them for that.  (Not to say they should not have a plan at all.) The truth, however, is that this war in Iraq was started by this  American administration, with consent of the congress, and the administration is now responsible for the consequences.  It was a bigger mistake than Vietnam because with that behind them they should have known better.  As usual, the press is a day late and a dollar short.  As far as I'm concerned they are all just one big happy family.

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears
by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Fri Oct 27th, 2006 at 01:11:48 PM EST

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