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The Quotable Secretary of Defense
It has been an occasional interest of Dartblog the unending wit of Donald H. Rumsfeld, the secretary of defense. Lauren Day points me to Neoperspectives.com—presumably a site about neoconservatism—which has an excellent compendium of Rumsfeld one-liners.
My favorite: “We’re not running out of targets. Afghanistan is.”
One more (and it is unbelievable how many people do not understand this): “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.”
OK, just one more: “There is nothing that some people don’t think.” (You can tell he was responding to a loaded question from the press, there.)
Someone, probably not Rumsfeld, once observed that when societies go bad—when they lose their collective wisdom and their collective good, and turn instead to aggression—it is more often than not attended by an inability to laugh at the humor of the world. Isn’t it interesting to note that this happy warrior is in the employ of the United States? Do you suppose Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar, Iran’s minister of defense, finds humor in things?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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