Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Conservative Profile #6--Why I Love Donald Rumsfeld

“At least Rummy is tough enough" and “He’s a ruthless little bastard. You can be sure of that.”--President Richard Nixon

If you want to see a liberal back into a corner like the devil who has been shown a crucifix just tell them you love W, Condi or Rummy. Its sure to illicit shrieks and howls. My response is, let them howl. If my dream of becoming a radio talk show host comes true, I’ll know I’m a success when liberals use my name like a curse word, just as they do with Ann Coulter’s name.

"If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much."--Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld is 74 yrs. old and his experience is so great and the list so long I can't list it all here. So I will give you a summary:
--born in Evanston, Illinois
--married Joyce Pierson and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren
--attended Princeton and was an accomplished amateur wrestler while there
--served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-57 as an aviator and flight instructor

--U.S. Congressman from Illinois from 1962-69
--served in the administrations of Nixon, Ford, Reagan and George W. Bush
--he was the youngest person to be the Secretary of Defense under Gerald Ford and the oldest person under George W. Bush
--received the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977
--very successful in private business as Chief Executive Officer and President of G.D. Searle & Company, Chief Executive Officer of General Instrument Corporation, and Chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc.

For a more extensive list of his accomplishments and experience go to Wikipedia.

"Let's hear it for the essential daily briefing, however hollow and empty it might be. We'll do it." --Donald Rumsfeld

I found a biography on that does a good job of describing him. Here are some excerpts:
"After terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the World Trade Center towers, Rumsfeld set up an emergency position near the Pentagon, which was subsequently hit by a third plane. Rumsfeld nixed a plan to evacuate the center, even as the air filled with smoke. According to the Defense Department, Rumsfeld rushed to the crash site against the urging of security personnel and helped evacuate the wounded.

September 11, and the resulting invasion of Afghanistan, made Rumsfeld into a star. His daily briefings were as popular as the Tonight Show monologue, and twice as entertaining. Striking a colorful balance between crude violence and clever wordplay, Rumsfeld made it clear that professional wrestling had lost a first-class superstar the day Donny threw his shoulder out.

With all this energy directed toward quipsterism, one might wonder how Donald Rumsfeld rates as an actual Secretary of Defense. After all, history's shortest war —the eviction of the Taliban from Afghanistan — took place under his watch. As Defense (or at least "the best defense" vis a vis a "good offense") goes, that's not too shabby.

By all reports, Rumsfeld runs as tight a ship as one might infer from his odd combination of prissiness and crankiness. He gets up at the crack of dawn and goes to work, where he stands behind a small metal desk firing instructions off to all corners via dictaphone.

Rumsfeld generally gets good marks from the media, although the aforementioned charm may have something to do with that. Most reports indicate he played a major role in dictating broad strategy during the Afghan war while leaving battlefield tactics to the commanders. His Baywatch-style heroics during the Pentagon attack deservedly inspired deep loyalty among the men and women he commands. Even with a war on the ground, and another up and coming, he has doggedly continued pre-9/11 reforms designed to revamp the armed forces for the new millennium."

"When you make a decision, you make a choice, somebody is not going to like it."--Donald Rumsfeld

As everyone knows Donald Rumsfeld has been under fire recently because some retired generals have come out for his resignation. Patrick linked to a great post by Dafydd ab Hugh about this. He points out that these generals who are attacking him are mostly from the Clinton era and are more "Old School" generals. Rumsfeld has done a lot of reforming and that has made some of the older generals unhappy.

"I think we ought to have a new rule: You can ask two questions, and then we can pick the one we want to answer."--Donald Rumsfeld
So why do I love Donald Rumsfeld? Probably my favorite thing about him is how he handles the press. In a previous post I linked to a SNL skit where he holds a press conference. It is so funny and very close to being true. The MSM is so hostile to conservatives and it can be extremely frustrating. The President and his spokesman have to be nice but Rumsfeld doesn't err on the side of being PC. He sometimes uses his wit and charm and lets the MSM have it. And I love that. He has core principles and passion, two other things that I absolutely love. He has worked hard all his life spending many years in public service. He has earned enough money that he could comfortably retire but instead he sacrificially serves this country working from morning till night. And he cares about the soldiers and visits them often. You can see their love and loyalty to him in how they respond when he visits.

The MSM and liberals may demonize him but I am extremely thankful for him. I sleep better at night knowing that he is working hard to help protect this country. Think about it!! Do you feel safer with William Cohen or Donald Rumsfeld at the helm?

Mike wrote a great post today on Rumsfeld as well. He quoted a lot of Rumsfeld's own words in responding to this media frenzy. Here is a great excerpt:
"And the person who is appointed by the president -- who's elected by the people -- and then confirmed by the Senate as secretary of Defense has to make those kinds of decisions. And when you make a decision, you make a choice, somebody's not going to like it. It's perfectly possible to come into this department and preside and not make choices, in which case people are not unhappy, until about five years later when they find you haven't done anything and the country isn't prepared."
Cartoon--Glenn McCoy
Donald Rumsfeld
Donald Rumsfeld--Wikipedia
Rumsfeld Not Considering Retiring
Grumbles from the Griped

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