Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The future of Donald Rumsfeld.

I hate to say it but I'm a little worried about what's going to happen to Don Rumsfeld. Given that just a few days before the election, President Bush was saying that ol' Rummy would remain Secretary of Defense until the end of his term, I doubt that Don's resume was in order. What, oh what, will become of Rumsfeld? As he considers his next move, I have a few career suggestions based on some of his more famous (and fabulous) quotes.
  • Fortune Teller. "I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started."
  • Professional Tracker. "We know where [the WMDs] are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."
  • Grief Counselor. "Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."
  • Communications Consultant. "I don't know what I said, but I know what I think, and, well, I assume it's what I said." And my favorite Rummy quote, "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."
  • Literature Professor. "Well, um, you know, something's neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so, I suppose, as Shakespeare said."
  • Venture Capitalist or Government Contractor. "I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty."
  • Geographer. "You're thinking of Europe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's old Europe."

Whatever he decides to do next, I wish the man luck. I'm not sure he'll be missed.

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