Donald Rumsfeld

Errol Morris Is Wrong. Donald Rumsfeld Is a Known Known.
The scary consequences of reactionary conservatism
April 03, 2014

The scary consequences of last century's reactionary conservatism.

Donald Rumsfeld Is Finally Under Interrogation
“The Unknown Known”: The scope and limits of documentary
October 10, 2013

As an investigation, The Unknown Known adds little to our memory of Rumsfeld’s press conferences and his lugubrious ruminations over what words meant. The marvel of the film (and of other Morris projects) is the cold lucidity of the light in undeviating close-up on the “witness.”

My Train Ride with Donald Rumsfeld
A vignette
September 11, 2013

As the President addressed the nation about the crisis in Syria, I sat waiting for the Acela to Washington at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station when an old man walked past me, trailed by an entourage from the K-9 unit. The hard, squinting eyes behind the glasses, the pinched brow, and the pencil-line lips were unmistakable: It was Donald Rumsfeld, just shrunken and more frail.

The Hillary Clinton Movie: The Winners and Losers
A Hollywood screenplay is full of political notables. Who comes off looking best?
May 20, 2013

We've read the screenplay for the upcoming Hillary Clinton biopic. It's full of political notables. So who comes off looking best?

Why Is Dan Senor Considered a Serious Foreign Policy Thinker?
October 23, 2012

Dan Senor is a glorified flack. So why is he in serious discussion for a foreign policy job in a Romney administration?

After Abbottabad: Navy SEALs and American Security
October 19, 2012

What's next for Navy's SEAL Team Six?

Mock on, Maureen Dowd: Why She’s Right About the Neo-cons
September 17, 2012

In the twilight years of the New Left, revolutionaries would regularly parse their adversaries’ statements for indications of “objective racism.” Even the slightest irregularity—calling someone’s thoughts “dark”—could unleash a volley of accusations.

Why the Obama Administration’s Drone War May Soon Reach a Tipping Point
May 02, 2012

In a speech Monday at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, John Brennan, President Obama’s counter-terrorism advisor, made a forthright defense of the drone war currently being conducted against Islamic militants in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. “As a result of our efforts,” he declared, “the United States is more secure and the American people are safer.” Brennan’s argument deserves credit for its boldness.

Obama’s New Old Defense Strategy
March 14, 2012

When President Obama unveiled his military budget earlier this year, it was clear that he was essentially putting a new defense strategy on the table. The Pentagon’s plan called for the ranks of the active-duty Army to be reduced from 570,000 to 490,000 troops over five years. The Marine Corps, meanwhile, was supposed to shrink from 202,000 to 182,000. At the same time, drones were a high priority in the budget—not surprising, given that Obama has ordered about five times as many drone attacks as his predecessor.

Stop Saying Our Wars Are Over, Mr. President. They’re Not.
February 01, 2012

“In America, and in Iraq,” Vice President Joe Biden assured an audience in Baghdad last December, “the tide of war is receding.” For its callowness, this observation was noteworthy. (The tide of war was not receding from Iraq; Joe Biden was.) President Obama, introducing his plan to cut defense expenditures a few weeks later, offered up this analysis by way of justification: “The tide of war is receding.” Opponents of Obama’s foreign policy, unwilling to credit the president with coherence in any enterprise apart from campaigning for reelection, will get nothing from these words.

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