Quotable

Rumsfeld Resigns

November 09, 2006

LOOKING BACK

In his many press briefings during his tenure as President Bush's secretary of defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld was equally expressive in word and in front of a camera. A look back:

HE SAID IT

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

On Iraq's weapons of mass destruction

"Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war."

"As you know, you go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time."

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

"Needless to say, the president is correct. Whatever it was he said."

"If I said yes, that would then suggest that that might be the only place where it might be done which would not be accurate, necessarily accurate. It might also not be inaccurate, but I'm disinclined to mislead anyone."

"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 exists does not mean that you have evidence that it doesn't exist."

On Iraq's weapon of mass destruction.

"It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months."

On war in Iraq, February 2003.

"Secretary Powell and I agree on every single issue that has ever been before this administration except for those instances where Colin?s still learning."

On then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell

"I'm not into this detail stuff. I'm more concepty."

"If I know the answer I'll tell you the answer, and if I don't, I'll just respond, cleverly."

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