Funny Donald Rumsfeld Quotes and Rummy's Gaffes Quotations

Funny Donald Rumsfeld Quotes and Rummy's Gaffes

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These are the former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld's classic gaffes and funny outtakes. From his time as the 13th and 21st defense secretary and even beyond that, Donald Rumsfeld has committed a number of verbal blunders and we expect to hear more from him. One of the complicated quotes is 'There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns....', so it goes. These are the memorable quotes by Donald Rumsfeld makes a good collection of gaffes and Donald Rumsfeld-isms.


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    Osama Bin Laden: Alive or Not Alive?

    [Osama Bin Laden is] either alive and well or alive and not too well or not alive.
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    Diplomacy

    I don't do diplomacy.
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    More Concepty

    I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty.
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    Death and War: Depressing

    Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.
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    The President is Correct

    Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said.
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    I Don't Know

    Learn to say 'I don't know.' If used when appropriate, it will be often.
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    Clever Response

    If I know the answer I'll tell you the answer, and if I don't, I'll just respond, cleverly.
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    Not Quotable

    Oh, Lord. I didn't mean to say anything quotable.
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    Numbers

    I don't do numbers.
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    I Believe What I Said

    I believe what I said yesterday. I don't know what I said, but I know what I think, and, well, I assume it's what I said.
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    Quagmires

    I don't do quagmires.
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    Osama Bin Laden, Somewhere, or Dead

    We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama Bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead.
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    East, West, South and North, Somewhat

    We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

    On Iraq's weapons of mass destruction
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    Known Knowns, and the Unknown

    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.
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    Untidy Freedom

    Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things.

    On looting in Iraq after the U.S. invasion, adding "stuff happens"
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    Intelligent Work

    I am not going to give you a number for it because it's not my business to do intelligent work.

    Asked to estimate the number of Iraqi insurgents while testifying before Congress
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    Colin's Still Learning

    Secretary Powell and I agree on every single issue that has ever been before this administration except for those instances where Colin's still learning.
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    Foreign Policy

    I don't do foreign policy.
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    The Army You Have

    As you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.
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    Predictions

    I don't do predictions.

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