28 Facts About Donald Rumsfeld

1. Donald Rumsfeld was the subject of the 2013 Errol Morris documentary The Unknown Known, the title a reference to his response to a question at a February 2002 press conference.

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2. In February 2011, Donald Rumsfeld endorsed the repeal of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, saying that allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve "is an idea whose time has come".

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3. Donald Rumsfeld was awarded the "Defender of the Constitution Award" at the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC, on February 10, 2011.

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4. In 2007, Donald Rumsfeld established The Donald Rumsfeld Foundation, which focuses on encouraging public service in the United States and supporting the growth of free political and free economic systems abroad.

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5. In October 2003, Donald Rumsfeld approved a secret Pentagon "roadmap" on public relations, calling for "boundaries" between information operations abroad and the news media at home.

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6. Donald Rumsfeld ordered specific public Pentagon attacks on and responses to US newspaper columns that reported the negative aspects of the war.

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7. Donald Rumsfeld told Hume that Franks ultimately decided against such a troop level.

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8. Donald Rumsfeld recommended that state sponsors of terror, including Sudan, Libya, Iraq and Iran, be considered as possible places of sanctuary if the US were to attack Afghanistan.

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9. Donald Rumsfeld pushed hard to send as small a force as soon as possible to both conflicts, a concept codified as the Rumsfeld Doctrine.

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10. Donald Rumsfeld was instead named national chairman for Republican nominee Bob Dole's campaign.

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11. Donald Rumsfeld was a member of the Project for the New American Century, a think-tank dedicated to maintaining US primacy.

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12. Donald Rumsfeld wrote in his memoir Known and Unknown that his meeting with Hussein "has been the subject of gossip, rumors, and crackpot conspiracy theories for more than a quarter of a century.

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13. Donald Rumsfeld informed Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz that "Our efforts to assist were inhibited by certain things that made it difficult for us.

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14. Donald Rumsfeld served as chairman and chief executive officer of General Instrument Corporation from 1990 to 1993.

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15. In 1977, Donald Rumsfeld was awarded the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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16. Donald Rumsfeld asserted, along with Team B, that trends in comparative US-Soviet military strength had not favored the United States for 15 to 20 years and that, if continued, they "would have the effect of injecting a fundamental instability in the world".

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17. Donald Rumsfeld was given an office in the West Wing in 1969 and regularly interacted with the Nixon administration hierarchy.

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18. Donald Rumsfeld was the subject of one of legendary writer Jack Anderson's columns, alleging that "anti-poverty czar" Rumsfeld had cut programs to aid the poor while spending thousands to redecorate his office.

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19. Donald Rumsfeld had voted against the creation of OEO when he was in Congress, and initially rejected Nixon's offer, citing his own inherent belief that the OEO did more harm than good, and he felt that he was not the right person for the job.

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20. Donald Rumsfeld appointed Rumsfeld Director of the organization with Cabinet rank.

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21. Donald Rumsfeld transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve when he became Secretary of Defense in 1975 and retired with the rank of captain in 1989.

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22. Donald Rumsfeld was designated aircraft commander of Anti-submarine Squadron 731 on October 1, 1960, at Naval Air Station Grosse Ile, Michigan, where he flew the S2F Tracker.

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23. Donald Rumsfeld served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1957, as a naval aviator and flight instructor.

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24. Donald Rumsfeld was a ranger at Philmont Scout Ranch in 1949.

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25. Donald Rumsfeld is involved with the Rumsfeld Foundation's Fellowship program, which has advisors at dozens of universities across the United States, and supports several military-related causes.

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26. Donald Rumsfeld was known in media circles for his outspokenness and candor.

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27. Donald Rumsfeld gradually lost political support and he resigned in late 2006.

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28. Donald Rumsfeld is both the youngest and the second-oldest person to have served as Secretary of Defense.

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