June 22, 2003

Rumsfeld is a poet

These are two direct quotes from Donald H. Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense.

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.

—May 16, 2001, interview with the New York Times

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.

Department of Defense news briefing, Feb 12, 2002

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Posted by mehrdad at June 22, 2003 06:01 PM | Politics 2003 |