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Donald Rumsfeld - Still There

Donald Rumsfeld is not going anywhere. He’s still around and still imparting his opinions on how the U.S. government should act on establishing another department. To be specific, a ministry that would deal with propaganda campaigns.

Author:Darren Mcpherson
Reviewer:Camilo Wood
Jan 26, 2023
Remember Donald Rumsfeld?
He seems like a bad dream.
And yet here he is, popping up in Washington to talk about how the U.S. needs a Ministry of Propaganda.
Find out what he believes the government should do, particularly the U.S. Information Agency (USIA), in relaying messages across borders.

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Insights By Donald Rumsfeld

Here’s what he told Sharon Weinberger of Wired’s Danger Room:
We need someone in the United States government, some entity, not like the old USIA . . . I think this agency, a new agency has to be something that would take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that exist today.- Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Rumsfeld continued:
There are multiple channels for information . . . The Internet is there, pods are there, talk radio is there, e-mails are there. There are all kinds of opportunities.- Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Then he added:
We do not with any systematic organized way attempt to engage the battle of ideas and talk about the idea of beheading, and what’s it’s about and what it means. And talk about the fact that people are killing more Muslims than they are non-Muslims, these extremists. They’re doing it with suicide bombs and the like.- Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Finally, he ended with a recommended course of action:
We need to engage and not simply be passive and allow that battle of competition of ideas.- Donald Henry Rumsfeld
Uh, yeah.
A smiling Donald Rumsfeld in white shirt under a navy blue blazer and blue tie at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
A smiling Donald Rumsfeld in white shirt under a navy blue blazer and blue tie at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Understanding Donald Rumsfeld

First, let’s just note that Rumsfeld has always preferred the idea of technologyto actually, you know, learning about technology.
“Pods are there?”
Does he mean iPods? Podcasts?
And to mention “talk radio” in the same breath as e-mail or these mysterious pods - what in the world is this septuagenarian talking about?
Donald Rumsfeld probably just learned how to program his VCR.
Second, when Rumsfeld tried a version of this in miniature in Iraq, his actual fix was comically stupid.
The Pentagonhired the Lincoln Group to pull off a propaganda campaign designed at discrediting the insurgency.
It amounted to planting fake news stories in the Iraqi press written by soldiers that said things like the insurgents “crawled on their bellies like dogs in the mud.”
For this, the Pentagon spent more than $25 million and arguably broke the law.
Aerial daytime view of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., with the Potomac River in the background
Aerial daytime view of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., with the Potomac River in the background

Final Thoughts

Finally, Donald Rumsfeld manage to be the first secretary of defensein history not just to botch two wars, but to botch two wars simultaneously.
For that, no one should ever listen to this man ever again. Whatever he says is discredited by the sheer fact that he’s the one saying it.
Donald Rumsfeld should be legally obligated to end of all his sentences with, “...but, on the other hand, I’m a total jackass.”
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Darren Mcpherson

Darren Mcpherson

Darren Mcpherson brings over 9 years of experience in politics, business, investing, and banking to his writing. He holds degrees in Economics from Harvard University and Political Science from Stanford University, with certifications in Financial Management. Renowned for his insightful analyses and strategic awareness, Darren has contributed to reputable publications and served in advisory roles for influential entities. Outside the boardroom, Darren enjoys playing chess, collecting rare books, attending technology conferences, and mentoring young professionals. His dedication to excellence and understanding of global finance and governance make him a trusted and authoritative voice in his field.
Camilo Wood

Camilo Wood

Camilo Wood has over two decades of experience as a writer and journalist, specializing in finance and economics. With a degree in Economics and a background in financial research and analysis, Camilo brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his writing. Throughout his career, Camilo has contributed to numerous publications, covering a wide range of topics such as global economic trends, investment strategies, and market analysis. His articles are recognized for their insightful analysis and clear explanations, making complex financial concepts accessible to readers. Camilo's experience includes working in roles related to financial reporting, analysis, and commentary, allowing him to provide readers with accurate and trustworthy information. His dedication to journalistic integrity and commitment to delivering high-quality content make him a trusted voice in the fields of finance and journalism.
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