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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Rummy Redux (Tuesday)

“I’m out of town today (Tuesday), so I’m just going to be lazy an recycle these from their first appearance April 8, 2003. Many thanks to Slate for these quotes and/or poems..”

The Unknown

“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.”
-Donald Rumsfled, Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

Glass Box

“You know, it’s the old glass box at the —
At the gas station,
Where you’re using those little things
Trying to pick up the prize,
And you can’t find it.
It’s —
And it’s all these arms are going down in there,
And so you keep dropping it
And picking it up again and moving it,
But —
Some of you are probably too young to remember
those —
Those glass boxes,
But —
But they used to have them
At all the gas stations
When I was a kid.”
-Donald Rumsfeld, Dec. 6, 2001, Department of Defense news briefing

A Confession
“Once in a while,
I’m standing here, doing something.
And I think,
‘What in the world am I doing here?’
It’s a big surprise.”
-Donald Rumsfeld, May 16, 2001, interview with the New York Times

“You’re going to be told lots of things.
You get told things every day that don’t happen.
It doesn’t seem to bother people, they don’t —
It’s printed in the press.
The world thinks all these things happen.
They never happened.
Everyone’s so eager to get the story
Before in fact the story’s there
That the world is constantly being fed
Things that haven’t happened.
All I can tell you is,
It hasn’t happened.
It’s going to happen.”
-Donald Rumsfeld, Feb. 28, 2003, Department of Defense briefing

The Digital Revolution
“Oh my goodness gracious,
What you can buy off the Internet
In terms of overhead photography!
A trained ape can know an awful lot
Of what is going on in this world,
Just by punching on his mouse
For a relatively modest cost!”
-Donald Rumsfeld, June 9, 2001, following European trip

The Situation
“Things will not be necessarily continuous.
The fact that they are something other than perfectly continuous
Ought not to be characterized as a pause.
There will be some things that people will see.
There will be some things that people won’t see.
And life goes on.”
-Donald Rumsfeld, Oct. 12, 2001, Department of Defense news briefing

“I think what you’ll find,
I think what you’ll find is,
Whatever it is we do substantively,
There will be near-perfect clarity
As to what it is.
And it will be known,
And it will be known to the Congress,
And it will be known to you,
Probably before we decide it,
But it will be known.”
-Donald Rumsfeld, Feb. 28, 2003, Department of Defense briefing


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