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DONALD RUMSFELD
American pharmaceutical executive and political leader
(1932 - )

And it is not knowable if force will be used, but if it is to be used, it is not knowable how long that conflict would last. It could last, you know, six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.
      - speaking on the length of the upcoming U.S. war with Iraq
        [Knowledge]

As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns; the one we don't know we don't know.
      - [Knowledge : Uncertainty]

Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal.
      - [Achievement : Government]

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.
      - at a news briefing [Answers : Questions]

I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started.
      - [Future : Past : Predictions]

Needless to say, the President is correct. Whatever it was he said.
      - [Bush, George Walker : Correctness]

Now, settle down, settle down. Hell, I'm an old man, it's early in the morning and I'm gathering my thoughts here.
      - [Old Age : Thought]

The forces we face represent very hardened elements of Al Qaeda and Taliban, true deadenders.
      - [Terrorism]

The great respect that I have for your leadership, Mr. President, in this little-understood, unfamiliar war, the first war of the 21st century--it is not well-known, it was not well-understood; it is complex for people to comprehend. And I know with certainty that, over time, the contributions you've made will be recorded by history.
      - speaking of the Iraq War while resigning as U.S. Secretary of Defense
        [Complexity : War]

They will do more whether we do what we're doing or whether we don't do what we're doing. And the idea that you could appease them [terrorists] by stopping doing what we're doing or some implication that by doing what we're doing we're inciting them to attack us is just utter nonsense. It's just--it's kind of like feeding an alligator, hoping it eats you last.
      - [Appeasement : Terrorism]

We do know of certain knowledge that he [Osama bin Laden] is either in Afghanistan, or in some other country, or dead.
      - [Certainty : Terrorism]

You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have.
      - speaking to U.S. who complained about equipment in the Iraq war
        [War]

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.
      - Rumsfeld's Rules [Criticism]


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