34 Remarkable Donald Rumsfeld Quotes

34 Remarkable Donald Rumsfeld Quotes

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Donald Rumsfeld is a businessman and politician from Evanston, Illinois. He is most known for her service as the 13th Secretary of Defense, he also later served as the 21st. He additionally served four terms as a Congressman. He currently lives with his wife and children in Illinois.

“Amidst all the clutter, beyond all the obstacles, aside from all the static, are the goals set. Put your head down, do the best job possible, let the flak pass, and work towards those

“And there is, I am certain, among the Iraqi people a respect for the care and the precision that went into the bombing campaign.”

“Arguments of convenience lack integrity and inevitably trip you up.”

“Be able to resign. It will improve your value to the President and do wonders for your performance.”

“Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small.”

“Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal.”

“Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.”

“Don’t be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure
is to do the reverse. Resist it.”

“Don’t blame the boss. He has enough problems.”

“Don’t divide the world into ‘them’ and ‘us.’ Avoid infatuation with or resentment of the press, the Congress, rivals, or opponents. Accept them as facts. They have their jobs and you have

“Don’t speak ill of your predecessors or successors. You didn’t walk in their shoes.”

“Enjoy your time in public service. It may well be one of the most interesting and challenging times of your life.”

“I can’t tell you if the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks or five months, but it won’t last any longer than that.”

“I didn’t advocate invasion…I wasn’t asked.”

“I don’t know what the facts are but somebody’s certainly going to sit down with him and find out what he knows that they may not know, and make sure he knows what they know that he may not
know, and that’s a good thing.”

“I’m not into this detail stuff. I’m more concepty.”

“It is easier to get into something than to get out of it.”

“It is pretty clear that the coalition can win in Afghanistan and Iraq in one way or another, but it will be a long, hard slog.”

“It isn’t making mistakes that’s critical; it’s correcting them and getting on with the principal task.”

“It recalls to mind the statement by Winston Churchill, something to the effect that: I have benefited greatly from criticism, and at no time have I suffered a lack thereof. ”

“It’s a difficult thing today to be informed about our government even without all the secrecy.”

“Look at me! I’m sweet and lovable!”

“Now, you’re thinking of Europe as Germany and France. I don’t. I think that’s old Europe.”

“Our task, your task… is to try to connect the dots before something happens. People say, ‘Well, where’s the smoking gun?’ Well, we don’t want to see a smoking gun from a weapon of mass

“The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, or vice versa.”

“The natural state of man is to want to be free. To have opportunities. To have choices.”

“The success of an organization will depend on the people you surround yourself with.”

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns.
“There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

“There will be good moments, and there will be less good moments.”

“Think ahead. Don’t let day-to-day operations drive out planning.”

“Those who made the decisions with imperfect knowledge will be judged in hindsight by those with considerably more information at their disposal and time for reflection.”

“Treat each federal dollar as if it was hard earned; it was – by a taxpayer.”

“Well, so be it. Nothing’s perfect in life, so you have an election that’s not quite perfect. Is it better than not having an election? You bet.”

“You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”