Rumsfeld: 'I have not been involved in any cover-up': The Swamp
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Posted August 1, 2007 12:30 PM
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Former Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld, Aug. 1, 2007. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

by Mark Silva

The testimony of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today before a House committee investigating the coverup of details of the death of Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former NFL player killed during “friendly fire’’ in Afghanistan, was filled with remorse for the loss of an American hero.

But Rumsfeld, making his first appearance before a congressional committee since retiring last fall, also found himself under political fire for the administration’s management of war.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the Ohio Democrat waging his second campaign for president with ardent opposition for the war in Iraq and unrelenting criticism for the Bush administration, asked the former secretary if he had ever discussed the administration’s “press strategy’’about the war with the White House -- if they had a strategy for communicating about the war.

“Well, if there was, it wasn’t very good,” Rumsfeld remarked.

Rumsfeld said he had never taken part in any press strategy involving the Tillman case, and certainly was never involved in any "cover-up.''

“I’m sure that the subject of the press and the government’s dealing with the press have come up on a number of occasions,’’ Rumsfeld said, citing discussions over use of the term, “global war on terror.’’

Rumsfeld recalled talking about “the very phrase, ‘global war on terror,’ and the differences that some people had on terror as something… that you don’t necessarily war against… I frequently would use the phrase that this was the first ideological struggle of the 21st Century.’’

But in general, Rumsfeld said, “To my knowledge there was no White House press strategy that the Pentagon was told to be mindful of.’’

"Something was working for you,'' Kucinich said... "Because you actually covered up the Tillman case for a while, you covered up the Jessica Lynch case, you covered up Abu Ghraib.'

“Congressman, the implication that ’you covered up’ — that’s just false,'' Rumsfeld replied tersely and in certain terms. "You have nothing to base that on, you have not a scrap of evidence or a piece of paper or a witness that would attest to that... I have not been involved in any cover-up whatsoever.”

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Rumsfeld: "I Have Not Been Involved In Any Cover-Up"

Tricky Dick Nixon: "I Am Not A Crook"

Rummy learned from one of the best liar's in US history.

It shames me as an American to think that tin foil conspiracy theorist Dennis Kucinich is a member of Congress.

Enough of this.

Let the scapegoat be that former 3 star general and let Pat Tillman rest in peace, already.

No, John E. As usual you have it wrong.
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
"It's all a part of a vast right wing conspiracy."
"There was no legal controlling authority."
"It depends on what is is."
"I can't recall." "I can't recall." "I can't recall."
"I knew nothing of my brother's involvement in any pardon."
"I just passed papers on, without knowing what was in them."

Rumsfeld saying "You have nothing to base...scrap of evidence, piece of paper, or a witness,....." leaves him open to somebody coming out and exposing him!!
Not very smart to say all that!! It's almost daring this to happen.

Everyone should read the Vanity Fair story about Tillman's death. Very Enlighting!!

Quacky smirky flaky Rumsfeld sounds like Dick Nixon when Nixon told us all that he wasn't a crook.
You do not have to be a brainiac to conclude that there have been many coverups regarding Iraq and Afghanistan. Even a fifth grader could tell you that.

I personally know that Rummy is a man of great moral integrity and would not accept a cover up. Thank the Generals or lower level Army personnel for this one...

John D said it all. He summed it up. Don Rumsfeld is a great American and an Illinoisan all of us can be proud he served our nation at the right time. Jerry White, Springfield, IL

Johns D & E,
You both highlight some fantastic points. It is absurd the no one has done anything to rid the US government of lying, debaucherous theives.
Neither side will work for real change because the loopholes have to exist so they can all tip toe quietly away from scandal. Honesty in government went out the window when the American people stopped cherishing personal responsibility.

Rummy's telling the truth. In order to be involved in a cover-up, you have to know what the heck's going on in the first place.

John D: Don Rumsfeld is certainly NOT one who possesses "great moral integrity," or any integrity at all for that matter. I'm sick of the right-wing neocons always saying republicans have "high morals," considering themselves to be good Christians. Read more on the life of Jesus and you will realize JESUS would have never bombed for peace. JESUS encouraged forgiveness, patience, and dialogue with aggressors. Religious people who favor the right are completely ignorant of what they claim to be their own beliefs.

Illuminous you summed it all up. John D. and Jerry White are the real crackpot loonies.

John D...I know for a fact he has great moral integrity, which, btw, has nothing to do with Christianity. I have known the man for 30 years. You have no clue about his integrity.


Didn't you get the memo? Jesus is on John D's side.

StayathomeD, I think you are ocnfusing me with someone else. I have not questioned Don Rumsfeld.

And C Morris, as usual reality and your disturbed thinking have nothing in common.

Personally, I don't see the need to jokingly say Jesus is on a person's side or isn't. As far as moral integrity, StayathomeD, you've got to be a fool to think that religion has nothing to do with the moral misdirection of the current administration. That's why 150 people who have worked in the Bush administration have graduated from Regent University, a school founded 30 years ago by televangelist Pat Robertson (no further explanation needed). Now tell him this so called "moral integrity" has nothing to do with religion. Truth be told, Jesus himself was steadfast in support of the poor, minorities, and social JUSTICE- ideals which are represented by the democratic party.

Wasn't it Donald Rumsfeld who said, "We know where the WMDs are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat"?

A pillar of moral integrity like Mr. Rumsfeld couldn't possibly lie about something like that, could he? Nah, I'm sure invading Iraq was an honest mistake anybody might have made.

Fortunately for Don, the Bush administration doesn't hire people for moral integrity. They just need people like Don who can say, "Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said."

Can anyone look at committee chair Henry Waxman and not feel a sense of
great pride in being a Democrat? And then to have Dennis Kucinich asking questions? It just doesn't get any better than that!

I believe history will judge Mr Rumsfeld as an above average Secy of Defense, but a failure as 'Secy of War.'

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Dianetics! It's the answer to everything!

The notion that Rumsfeld is somehow not responsible is abominable to me. As the head honcho at the Pentagon at the time of Tillman's death, the responsibility rests squarely with him. He and his cronies covered it up and lied to Pat's family and the rest of the country, spinning a heroic story out of a tragedy. It's an insult to Pat's memory and to the rest of America. Please make your opinion know about the Pentagon's responsibility; vote on:

Posted by John D August 1, 2007 2:03 PM

Here's the problem John D, Clinton was answering questions about his PERSONAL LIFE and Rummy is lying about the cover-up of the death of one of our US troops.
You Republic Party wonks aren't going to get it until your whole party is extinct, which will start happening in 2008.

If Rumsfeld has ANY integrity that must have been behind Bush's reasoning for defending Rummy one week, and then forcing him out of his job the next. Rummy had already tried to step down, and his resignation wasn't accepted. In any event, WHY should we believe ANYTHING this guy says? We've already seen the power the Patriot Act gives Georgie over his staff of under-achievers.

Don Rumsfeld showed us all the meanings of known knowns, known unknowns and unknown unknowns -which all really makes sense, when you stop and think about it.

"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."

What he failed to cover are the unknown knowns.

For example, we don't know the specifics of what it will be like when Uncle Donny has his day of reckoning, but those of us with even a cursory understanding of human history know it will eventually transpire.

Will it be in this life, or the next?

God only knows.

At any rate, every true agent of chaos (and make no mistake about it, Rummy is an agent of chaos) has to eventually face the music.

Bonaparte in his wildest imagination couldn't have foreseen his death in exile, and Goering never could have predicted he'd oneday be thanking his lucky stars for that cyanide pill.

The joke's just about up, Uncle Donny.

John D, I saw you in drag two nights ago. I'm your biggest fan. You make such a convincing woman.

John E., all but two of those quotes have nothing to do with Monica. They do have something to do with campaign finance scandals, pardons, missing Rose Law files, Whitewater and Castle Grande.

Giraffe, such an intelligent and thought-provoking post from you there. Me in drag!! What a hoot! You Loony Lefties slay me with your nonsense.

Mark, won't like this, but it's true Mark. The worst mankind has to offer: The Loony Left.

I know for a fact he has great moral integrity, which, btw, has nothing to do with Christianity. I have known the man for 30 years. You have no clue about his integrity.



Click on the link and learn. You obviously need to get out more.

know for a fact he has great moral integrity, which, btw, has nothing to do with Christianity. I have known the man for 30 years. You have no clue about his integrity.



Click on the link and learn. You obviously need to get out more.

Posted by: SGK | August 2, 2007 12:58 PM

know for a fact he has great moral integrity, which, btw, has nothing to do with Christianity. I have known the man for 30 years. You have no clue about his integrity.



Click on the link and learn. You obviously need to get out more.

Let's deal with some unpleasant facts:

1. Friendly fire incidents happen in war. Unfortunate - but they happen. Get over it.

2. Would such a fuss be made if the victim wasn't an overpaid professional jock? I doubt it.

3. I think Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense was a complete disaster - another McNamara. BUT, as Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld is not going to be flagged down when a friendly fire incident occurs on the other side of the globe involving a Corporal E-4. Do you honestly think that George Marshall was bothered with that kind of minutiae during WWII? Not hardly.

Let's deal with some unpleasant facts:

1. Friendly fire incidents happen in war. Unfortunate - but they happen. Get over it.

Wolfgang - it's not "friendly fire" when a soldier takes THREE rounds to the forehead from approximately 30 FEET AWAY!

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