Thursday, November 09, 2006
In brief remarks yesterday, Rumsfeld described the Iraq conflict as a "little understood, unfamiliar war" that is "complex for people to comprehend."
So we are dumb? Is that the problem?
Check these quotes out from our former Defense Secretary:
"I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started."
"I am not going to give you a number for it because it's not my business to do intelligent work."
"I don't know what I said, but I know what I think, and, well, I assume it's what I said."
"There's another way to phrase that and that is that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. It is basically saying the same thing in a different way. Simply because you do not have evidence that something does exist does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn't exist."
"If I know the answer I'll tell you the answer, and if I don't, I'll just respond, cleverly."
C.S. Lewis once said, "you don't make nonsense sense by putting 'God can' in front of it".
You don't make nonsense sense by having Rumsfeld say it and then calling us dumb when we don't understand it.