Thursday, April 10, 2014

11 Years Ago: Rumsfeld on 'Untidiness' in Iraq

Yes, it was 11 years ago this week that the Donald offered his famous press conference amid the looting and general chaos set off by U.S. "victory" in Iraq (which would only get worse).  Here's link to it.  You remember: "Stuff happens."  Love this:   "We've seen in that transition period there is untidiness. And there's no question but that that's not anyone's choice."  For much more on Iraq disgraces see my book.
And the classic:
And does that mean you couldn't go in there and take a television camera or get a still photographer and take a picture of something that was imperfect, untidy? I could do that in any city in America. Think what's happened in our cities when we've had riots and problems and looting. Stuff happens! But in terms of what's going on in that country, it is a fundamental misunderstanding to see those images over and over and over again of some boy walking out with a vase and say, ''Oh, my goodness, you didn't have a plan.'' That's nonsense. They know what they're doing. And they're doing a terrific job. And it's untidy. And freedom's untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They're also free to live their lives and do wonderful things. And that's what's going to happen here. . . .

1 comment:

Harry Shearer said...

You might prefer the musical version of Rumsfeld's rule: "Stuff Happens". https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stuff-happens/id492927264?i=492928191