The slimy Donald Rumsfeld crawled out from under his rock, where he has lived since he was George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense, and appeared on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” Monday night. Rumsfeld is one of the architects of the Iraq war, and he is known for weasel-wording himself out of any responsibility. But get this, Stephen Colbert smashed right through Rumsfeld’s deniability wall to get the real answer about how much old Rumsfeld and the Bush administration knew before going into Iraq.
And damn if Colbert didn’t out double-word bomb the double-word master. It was great fun to watch the giant-of-carpet bombing fall, and fall hard.
Colbert pointed out the recently declassified 2002 memo from the Joint Chiefs of Staff proved nearly 90 percent of what the administration knew about Iraqi weapons was based on “imprecise intelligence:”
‘Were there things that the administration or you knew that we didn’t learn about out of the best possible intentions — which is, there were things that would undermine the case for a war you thought was necessary to save the United States?’
After a beautiful set of strategic word traps, Rumsfeld fell right in:
‘The president had available to him intelligence from all elements of the government, and the National Security Council members had that information. It was all shared, it was all supplied, and it’s never certain — if it were a fact, it wouldn’t be called intelligence.’
Colbert seemed almost stunned that he had accomplished his goal:
‘Wow. I think you answered my question.’
Rumsfeld is one of those guys, who thinks he is smarter than anyone else, and that is what Colbert used to trip him up. The old man has never cared what people think of him, either, and Colbert used that in his strategic attack, too. Here’s what Rummy said:
‘I think there’s always a risk that people looking at government will come to conclusions that they may not be right. That’s why we have a democracy. I mean, that’s why people vote, and they make judgments.’
‘I think most people in the United States understand that government’s not perfect — look how long it takes to get snow removed. But, on the other hand, I think that what’s really important are the intentions and the capabilities of the people, and for the most part — I think it was Churchill that said that democracy’s the worst form of government except for any other that’s ever been tried.’
Wrong, Rummy. That’s not democracy. It is tyranny.
As for the ever-more-brilliant Colbert, all I can say is will you marry me? I know you are happily married, so there is a small chance you won’t. But I do love you for this word dual.
Watch the entire interview posted online by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert:
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