[lit-ideas] I had absolutely no idea ...

  • From: JimKandJulieB@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 23:38:33 EST

_Click here:  TIME: The Wit and Wisdom of Donald Rumsfeld_ 
We were all so busy making fun of Bush, we didn't pay enough attention to  
Rummy.  On the other hand there is a striking resemblance between his  ability 
to completely twist thoughts out of anything recognizable and that of  Rummy.
Julie Krueger
e.g. -- (I do remember this one...)
"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."
"I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty." In an interview with  
the Washington Post
"It is unknowable how long [the war in Iraq] will last. It could last six  
days, six weeks. I doubt six months." To U.S. troops in Aviano, Italy" (in Feb  
of 2003)
"Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said."
"We do know of certain knowledge that [Osama bin Laden] is either in  
Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead. And we know of certain 
that we don't know which of those happens to be the case."
"Well, you know, something's neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so,  
I suppose, as Shakespeare said." <blink>
I think what we have here is a good evidence that Alzheimer patients  
actively pursue public office.
One or two more: 
"That's all you guys do is read these books. You ought to get a life." To  
reporters during a press briefing"  (gee, what do I want w/ a reporter who  
reads books?!)
"If a person is determined to fight to the death, then they may very well  
have that opportunity."
"I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the  
past. I think the past was not predictable when it  started."

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