Thursday, April 28, 2011

"He doesn’t know what he’s talking about..."

In his memoir, Donald Rumsfeld said the opposite — that you almost never wanted to take dissenting views to the president. 
He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I don’t think he was ever in the room with the president and me ...  We tended to do it privately.
Rumsfeld also implied that you were unfit for office. He wrote that you had “modest experience in the federal government and management.” 
First of all, I didn’t have modest experience in management. Managing Stanford University is not so easy. But  Don can be a grumpy guy. We all know that.
One of the great foreign-policy victories of the Bush administration was bringing Muammar el-Qaddafi into the Western fold. Do you see it as any less of a victory now? 
Just imagine what the circumstances would look like if his W.M.D. weren’t sitting in Oak Ridge, Tenn.... 
What were the most exhilarating moments in office? 
The day the Iraqis (and) the Afghans voted for the first time. When Liberia was liberated; when the Syrian forces left Lebanon.
In 2005 you went to see “Spamalot,” and the audience booed you. Does that happen a lot? 
 you know what, I don’t care. I don’t care, ..... The overwhelming majority of people come up to me and say, “Thank you for your service.”

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