Rumsfeld Hammered by Informed Public

It looks like Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld got bitchslapped by the truth a bit during his speech in Atlanta today. Perhaps the only time Rumsfeld told the truth was when he said, “I’m not in the intelligence business.”

Neither is your boss, Rummy.

Rumsfeld doesn’t seem to even know what the truth is, anymore.

QUESTION: You said you knew where [WMDs] they were.

RUMSFELD: I did not. I said I knew where suspect sites were and ““

QUESTION: You said you knew where they were Tikrit, Baghdad, northeast, south, west of there. Those are your words.

RUMSFELD: My words “” my words were that “” no, no, wait a minute, wait a minute. Let him stay one second. Just a second.

Rumsfeld on March 30:

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

From Think Progress via tipster HelpMeImpeachBush. Full transcript here. Video uploaded to YouTube to spare them bandwidth and for those with QuickTime problems.

  1. That guy asking the questions was good. I wonder when Rumsfeld said “no,no, let him stay”, what exactly was going on? Were the goons trying haul him off?

  2. WOW! The cracks are clearly forming in this administration’s armor of bullshit.

  3. That guy knows what hes talking about. Even with Rumsfeld at the top of his spin game, that guy showed him where the truth is.

  4. crap, scratch that previous post… i though the vid linked specifically to his quote about the WMD… but, it’s about him getting taken to task about other lies. Either way, good stuff, but I should have watched it to completion first :)

  5. Dunno who Ray McGovern is and don’t really care because I think the media places too much emphasis on shooting the messenger/questioner. But I will say that his line of questioning was refreshing to hear (and to see Rummy sputter and gurgle once again would be kinda funny if it weren’t so damned pathetic).

  6. what was dissappointing though… is that people in the audience cheered when Rumsfeld said he didn’t lie.

    I mean, come on…

  7. It gave me a chuckle when i heard the softball lobed at Rumsfeld right after Mcgovern’s question.I thought it was Gannon incognito for a moment.Just finished watching Blitzer and the Bobbsey twins discussing this issue…and they say mainstream media is dead.

  8. Politicians have many failings, in my opinion the worst the the inability to admit when they’re wrong. If I had been at the podium, I might have answered the man in the following manner, “At the time, we honestly believed that Saddam had WMD and that he intended to use them against us. Well, we were wrong. However, suppose we were right, and did nothing?”