May 5th, 2006

Videos of Rumsfeld’s Iraq Claims

An audience member, in Atlanta, questioned Donald Rumsfeld about his pre-war claims about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

Q: You said you knew where they were.

Rumsfeld: I did not. I said I knew where suspect sites were and –

How quickly Rumsfeld forgets. The Sec of Defense said these very words on This Week with George Stephanopoulos. The full transcript is posted on the Department of Defense website.

It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.

The audience member read Rumsfeld quote from the show back to him. Rumsfeld still denies he said that. Think Progress has the video.

This reminds me of an appearance Rumsfeld made on Face the Nation. Bob Schieffer asked, “If they did not have these weapons of mass destruction, though, granted all of that is true, why then did they pose an immediate threat to us, to this country?”

“Well, you’re the–you and a few other critics are the only people I’ve heard use the phrase `immediate threat.’ I didn’t,” Rumsfeld retorted. “The president didn’t. And it’s become kind of folklore that that’s–that’s what’s happened. The president went…”

Thomas Friedman quoted Rumsfeld statement that “‘No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world and the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.’”

Rumsfeld starts stammering his words. He was called out and doesn’t know how to respond to Friedman. American Progress (Think Progress’ big sister) made a video.

Worst Secretary of Defense in history.

(Crossposted at Pushing Rope)

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  1. 4Truth Says :

    What is left to say - BUSH administrators just keep lying. If they lie enough times they figure you will believe the lie. 

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  2. sen_mccarthy_was_wrong Says :

    they KNOW a majority of their sycophants will believe it, they took that idea from the fascists.

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