“The correction for that, I suppose, is an attack.”


I’m afraid of Americans.

Towards the end of his time in government, Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld had a chat about Iraq with military analysts about basically how bad things were going. A recent mass Freedom of Information Act application managed to get thousands of documents and audio files from the Pentagon, and so we can listen to the whole damn thing if we want to.

It’s an hour-long .wav file, here.

Fortunately, Newsvine’s jfxgillis has gone through and pulled out some of the more interesting clips, along with his own analysis. You can read his commentary and hear the clips at Liquid Lunch with Donald Rumsfeld. Here’s an excerpt:

…the questioner prods him back on topic by asking, “Politically, what are the challenges because you’re not going to have a lot of sympathetic ears up there [on Capitol Hill]?”

Rumsfeld’s answer is nothing short of stunning. No, not the part where he claims Bush is a “Victim of his success.” That’s just stupid. And no, after hearing his previous insult to the American public, his condemnation of us because “we don’t have the maturity” to recognize the threat of terrorism–the further we get from 9/11, the less and less… he trails off. But that’s not shocking, nor is his doomsday scenario, all things considered.

So let’s summarize. According to Rumsfeld and his media sycophants, America has real problems: We’re weak-willed, we’re immature, we’re forgetting what happened, and oh my God, we’ve elected Democrats to Congress. So, what’s the “Correction” for those problems? Listen to him:

Another 9/11 attack.

More commentary at Prison Planet, if you like.

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