Today Rumsfeld gave his goodbye and left. I don't know why all the honors, if he's screwed everyone. A farewall speech? Military honors?
The man might still be tried for war crimes, and they are giving him honors!
What really got me was his speech.
“Today, it should be clear that not only is weakness provocative,” Mr. Rumsfeld said, standing at a lectern with President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney at his side, “but the perception of weakness on our part can be provocative as well.”
I can see where he's coming from, or better yet, where's going with this - but it's a lie, and a mistake.
It's a lie for Rumsfeld, because he knows it's false. It's a mistake for many other poor folks, who will believe him.
Following that logic, if I don't carry a weapon, Rummy says I am provoking confrontation. Little girls, says Rummy, are provocative, as well as old people. Anyone, according to him, who is not the absolute most poweful of all, is provoking a confrontation. In sum - if someone or something cannot or does not defend themselves, says Rumsfeld, they are provocative.
It's a good idea to be strong and defend oneself.
It's quite a different thing, however, to go around shooting people at random from a tank or an airplane, killing hundreds of thousands of people, and then claim you are defending yourself from them.
And that's exactly what has been doing, and is trying to get others to continue to do.
As if it weren't enough, he nearly says he would rather have more terrorism within the United States!