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About Donald Rumsfeld Quotes “Donald Henry Rumsfeld was an American politician, government official and businessman who served as secretary of defense from 1975 to 1977 under president Gerald Ford, and again from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush. He was both the youngest and the oldest secretary of defense. Wikipedia

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“What is needed [to combat terrorism], in my view, is resolve, not retreat; courage, not concession. Rather than thinking in terms of an exit strategy, focus on a strategy for success.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“The most underestimated risk for a politician is overexposure.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“A terrorist can attack any time, any place using any technique and you can’t defend everywhere against every technique at every moment.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“Don’t necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

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

When business accepts help from the government, it can be like going to bed with a hippopotamus. It’s nice and warm for the moment, but then your bedmate rolls over and crushes you.
Donald Rumsfeld

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

You can have a broad popular democracy movement and have it end being taken over by the most vicious people and the result is you don’t end up with free political systems or free economic systems, you end up with a handful of radicals controlling the country.
Donald Rumsfeld

You might be a cunning linguist, but I am a master debater.
Donald Rumsfeld

The absence of evidence is not necessarily the evidence of absence
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It is easier to get into something than to get out of it.
Donald Rumsfeld

Keep your sense of humor. As General Joe Stillwell said, ‘The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind’.
Donald Rumsfeld

There’s another way to phrase that and that is that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. It is basically saying the same thing in a different way. Simply because you do not have evidence that something does exist does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn’t exist.
Donald Rumsfeld

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.
Donald Rumsfeld

Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.
Donald Rumsfeld

The worst mistake is to have the best ladder and the wrong wall.
Donald Rumsfeld

[on Osama bin Laden] He is either alive and well or alive and not too well or not alive.
Donald Rumsfeld

If you try to please everybody, somebody’s not going to like it.
Donald Rumsfeld

Learn to say ‘I don’t know.’ If used when appropriate, it will be often.
Donald Rumsfeld

Now, settle down, settle down. Hell, I’m an old man, it’s early in the morning and I’m gathering my thoughts here.
Donald Rumsfeld

“The reality is that terrorists can attack any time at any minute, 24 hours a day, using a variety of techniques, in any place at all. And it’s not possible to defend in every place, against every technique, against every conceivable approach. It means that you can’t stop every terrorist attack. Innocent men, women and children are going to be killed if terrorists are determined to do it.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“I cannot give any assurances. I’m not in that business. I haven’t been, and I don’t intend to get into it. People who try to make predictions about things or assurances often find they’re wrong.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“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.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“We [the USA] do have a big nation’s problem. We have the problem of a nation that’s got two oceans, oceans on either side. People come from all across the globe and want to live here and they want to work here and they want to invest here. And that’s a good thing. And they make up this country. But as a people, we [americans] are not highly skilled in languages. We’re not highly skilled in knowledge of other cultures. And that’s a problem.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“The problem is the people who tend to be the best organized are the most radical and the most vicious.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

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

“Most US presidents since World War II have led military actions without a declaration of war by Congress, though most, if not all, have properly consulted and sought support from Congress. That is the wise thing to do.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

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

“Never assume the other fellow will not do something you wouldn’t do.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“The way to do well is to do well.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize. It’s to change the behavior of the people that are being terrorized.”
— Donald Rumsfel

“Keep your sense of humor. As General Joe Stillwell said, ‘The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind’.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“It is worth reminding that being president is a tough job for anybody, and particularly so in the information age. There’s such a glut of information. Anything a president says or does is picked up on the Internet or the 24/7 news media and criticized almost instantly. Leaders persuade through their words and as such their words need to be measured and well chosen. It is a tough job.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“Test ideas in the marketplace. You learn from hearing a range of perspectives. Consultation helps engender the support decisions need to be successfully implemented.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“A president has to provide leadership to gain support.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

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

“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 yours.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“If you try to please everybody, somebody’s not going to like it.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“The Federal Government should be the last resort, not the first. Ask if a potential program is truly a federal responsibility or whether it can better be handled privately, by voluntary organizations, or by local or state governments.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“To gain support in U.S. Congress and from other nations requires clarity, an acceptable mission and an explicit outcome.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

“In our system leadership is by consent, not command. To lead a President must persuade. Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking. They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership.”
— Donald Rumsfeld

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