Reflecting on Donald Rumsfeld's Storied Career

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

This week, Donald Rumsfeld, secretary of defense for much of the George W. Bush administration, released his memoir, "Known and Unknown." The former Secretary of Defense is known for his phrasing and we take a listen back to his language, and his unapologetic legacy.

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It seems that the pbulication of Secretary Rumsfeld's memoir has kicked off a kind of all-purpose "Hate Rumsfeld" week all over National Public Radio, and nowhere so much as The Takeaway.

I suppose, that insofar as The Takeaway is a "viewpoint" program, and is understaood as being not so much a news program, but rather as a kind of long-runnning opinion editorial on the part of John Hockenberry, his producres and co-hosts, what we hear is what we get.

Surely, The Takeaway isn't really a "news" program, is it? Because the whiny, silly, long-winded complaining about Rumsfeld and President George W. Bush couldn't possibly qualify as serious news.

By the way, that was not a Sex Pistols rendition of "My Way;" it was a solo effort of former Sex Pistols' bassist Sid Vicious. Chraming choice of soundtrack, I must say.

What sort of soundtrack might there be for an announcement of an Obama memoir's publication?

Honestly, I think that much of John Hockenberry's complaining about Rumsfeld is nearly subconcsious. In the liberal salons of the New York/public media elites, it is probably taken as a given that, well, everybody knows that Rumsfeld was the worst Defense Secretary in history, right?

Too bad that such arrogance prevents a wider audience from hearing what is actually in Rumsfeld's book. While we instead are treated to Sid Vicious' ghoulish and pre-suicidal "My Way."

Feb. 09 2011 12:04 PM

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