Former US Secretary Of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Dies Aged 88

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Two-time US Secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld has died. He was 88

His family made the announcement in a statement released on Tuesday but they did not say when he died.

Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense Secretary under President George Bush Jr declared that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was the main architect behind the invasion of Iraq. He later failed to accept that the US had any responsibility for creating the so called Islamic State/ISIS

Reuters reports: With Rumsfeld in charge, U.S. forces swiftly toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein but failed to maintain law and order in the aftermath, and Iraq descended into chaos with a bloody insurgency and violence between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims. U.S. troops remained in Iraq until 2011, long after he left his post.

Rumsfeld played a leading role ahead of the war in making the case to the world for the March 2003 invasion. He warned of the dangers of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction but no such weapons were ever discovered.

Only McNamara served as defense secretary for longer than Rumsfeld, who had two stints – from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford, for whom he also served as White House chief of staff, and from 2001 to 2006 under Bush.

Rumsfeld was known for imperious treatment of some military officers and members of Congress and infighting with other members of the Bush team, including Secretary of State Colin Powell. He also alienated U.S. allies in Europe.

In 2004, Bush twice refused to accept Rumsfeld’s offer to resign after photos surfaced of U.S. personnel abusing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad. The scandal triggered international condemnation of the United States.

The United States faced global condemnation after the photos showed U.S. troops smiling, laughing and giving thumbs up as prisoners were forced into sexually abusive and humiliating positions including a naked human pyramid and simulated sex. One photo showed a prisoner forced to stand on a small box, his head covered in a black hood, with wires attached to his body.

Rumsfeld personally authorized harsh interrogation techniques for detainees. The U.S. treatment of detainees in Iraq and foreign terrorism suspects at a special prison set up under Rumsfeld at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, drew international condemnation, with human rights activists and others saying prisoners were tortured.

He was a close ally of Bush’s vice president, Dick Cheney, who had worked for Rumsfeld during the 1970s Republican presidencies of Richard Nixon and Ford.

Rumsfeld became a lightning rod for criticism and, with the Iraq war largely a stalemate and public support eroding, Bush replaced him in November 2006 over Cheney’s objections.


    • They never left While generational families are born in hell, live there throughout their lives, bring their kids and grand kids into it ” for Mammon can create a heaven if hell ,a hell of heaven ” Milton Paradise Lost English of course ,they know ,They all.try to accumulate wealth and power in this realm because they know its all they will get The temporal world is just that though Its not eternity. It’s a short time.

  1. Mote rhetoric Its common knowledge now that they funded isis totally Many nations laundered the drug money from Afghanistan’s heroin and opium sales back into setting up isis and the law shut it all up and silenced the cops .Everything they let be news in msm land is a lie All of it .Basically every single word .

  2. Anyone who clearly have not bothered to read Cathy O briens book Tranceformation of Anerica or followed Gore Vidal or researched ad nauseam the whole mk ultra Monarch training programme exhaustively for decades including all of the Court cases the trials , and the medical investigations of state hospitals and facilities and all stemming from Canada via nazi germany then you dont know anything about either if them Cheney or Rumsfeld You know nothing hut pc crap .

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