Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy

Rumsfeld His Rise Fall and Catastrophic Legacy Book by Cockburn Andrew

  • Title: Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall, and Catastrophic Legacy
  • Author: Andrew Cockburn
  • ISBN: 9781416535744
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book by Cockburn, Andrew

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    1. Cockburn begins the last chapter of this Rumsfeld bio by describing a March 2006 "Parade of Heroes." These were regular events in which veterans walked through the Pentagon, to be celebrated by Defense Department officials. This event was special because it was to be, according to a Pentagon email, "all amputees, andwith military members from all four services." The veterans, some wheelchair-bound, others steel-limbed, are applauded by the officials who mismanaged the wars that had injured them. [...]

    2. This is not a subtle portrayal but then its subject was hardly a subtle man. A major player in recent American politics and also in the U.S. corporate world, Rumsfeld gets a glossy, succinct overview full of revealing character details compiled and written by a veteran reporter. The subtitle accurately describes how Cockburn sees his target. His droll evaluations of the strategies, techniques, judgements and manipulations surrounding the Iraq War and its aftermath are hilarious least they would [...]

    3. 'Andrew Cockburn, for more than 20 years one of the most magnificently politically incorrect mavericks of English-language journalism, has now rectified the incompetence, laziness, and plain servility of the mainstream American media with this invaluable new book. Lean and muscular, with not a sentence wasted, it documents old suspicions, strips away hoary myths, and reveals startling new knowledge.'Read the full review, "King of the Plastic Rambos," on our website:theamericanconservative

    4. Reads like a novel. If you think that "public servants" spend even five per cent of their time acting for the commonweal, you would be wrong. Ambition and petty infighting crowd out any concern for the American people. Read this book to learn how assholian Rumsfeld is.

    5. This is a short, stridently anti-Rumsfeld biography that focuses on his political career, business dealings, and time as SecDef. Has a bit of a rushed feel, as if the author was trying to get it published as soon as possible after Rumsfeld's demise. I did enjoy the rather strange story of Rumsfeld's Major themes include his history of threat exaggeration and challenging intelligence professionals to darken their analyses, his control freak handling of the policy-making process, the failure of hi [...]

    6. The life of the youngest, and oldest defence secretary in American history. This is a story, not of a politician, but of a wannabe king, or tsar, implanting himself at the higher echelons of political life and demanding fealty to his power. An arrogant, conceited tragedy of a man given one of the most important jobs to do at a critical time, and he failed. He failed his government, he failed his country, he failed Iraq, Afghanistan and the rest of the world. Most of all, possibly, he failed mora [...]

    7. Tragic story of a terribly flawed individual given immense power to destroy lives by the most inept President in our nation's history, many many people suffered and died as a result of their hubristic incompetence.

    8. Why is this man not in jail? Where is he? How could we be such idiots as to allow men like this into power.

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