I love quotes. In honor of this election and it’s aftermath here are some quotes by Donal Rumsfeld.
“Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”
“There’s another way to phrase that and that is that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. It is basically saying the same thing in a different way. Simply because you do not have evidence that something does exist does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn’t exist.” -on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction
“I don’t know what the facts are but somebody’s certainly going to sit down with him and find out what he knows that they may not know, and make sure he knows what they know that he may not know.”
“If I know the answer I’ll tell you the answer, and if I don’t, I’ll just respond, cleverly.”
“I’m not into this detail stuff. I’m more concepty.”
“I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started.”
He really liked messing with the media and language. Too bad he couldn’t confuse the enemy as well, you know?