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February 07, 2011


Rumsfeld's Contribution to History

The Wall Street Journal offers a useful review of Donald Rumsfeld's Known and Unknown.

"The usual Rumsfeld critics (including some in the Bush family circle) are rushing to categorize it as a 'score-settling' account, but that's a predictable (and tedious) judgment. At the heart of Mr. Rumsfeld's book is an important critique of the Bush administration that has been largely missing from the debate over Iraq. The dominant narrative to date has been that a cowboy president and his posse of neocons went to war without adequate preparation and ran roughshod over doubts by more sober bureaucratic and strategic minds."

"What Mr. Rumsfeld offers is a far more believable account of events, one that holds individuals responsible for failures of execution... If nothing else, this gives historians something valuable to ponder as they work on an honest appraisal of the Bush years."












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