This guy is - according to some sophisticated German press folks - part of the dumbest government in the history of mankind. But there are instances, when... Well, check for yourself:
RUMSFELD: You know, I know there are things I don't know. And some of those things you've been asking me about, I know I don't know. (...)
QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, given the international terrorism, it seems, if anything, to be on the increase. It's certainly just rampant in the last couple of years. And given the coalition forces are being attacked and, indeed, killed almost on a daily basis in Iraq, do you look back at all and ever harbor any doubts about the way that this administration has handled the events of the last couple of years?
RUMSFELD: Well, one always is constantly looking for lessons learned and how one might do something better. I think the thrust of the question ignores the biggest single reality that exists, and that is that the United States was going about its business on September 11 in 2001 and was attacked, and 3,000 Americans were killed.
Now, people from other countries were killed. Men and women and children, people from all walks of life, people from different faiths. They were killed.
The United States had done nothing. And the thrust of your question is, oh, if you had did something different, maybe something else would have changed.
This country was attacked. It was the worst attack in the history of our nation. And you've got a choice at that point. You can say, well, maybe if we don't do anything about it, maybe they will go away. Maybe those terrible people will not do it again.
Well, what nonsense. They had already attacked the USS Cole, they had already attacked Khobar Towers. They had already attacked the United States in a terrorist head (ph) in an airliner in a Pan Am flight.
And throughout history there have been people who followed that philosophy, who said, gee, maybe if I just turn my head they won't hurt me. Maybe they'll hurt somebody else instead of me. And that's a good thing, they think.
Well, it's not a good thing. These people are going around systematically trying to kill innocent people all across the globe. And they ought not be allowed to do it. And any suggestion that, if you go after them because they are doing it, you, in fact, would be better off if you hadn't done that, is utter nonsense.
QUESTION: I wasn't suggesting, Mr. Secretary, that you have done nothing. I was asking whether you thought you should have done things differently.
RUMSFELD: And I answered it my way. And you asked it your way.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you.
RUMSFELD: You bet.
Thank you. This is great stuff. An easy one for Rumsfeld...