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Posted at 4:54 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

The reemergence of Donald Rumsfeld begins

By Ed O'Keefe

Details of Donald Rumsfeld's forthcoming book tour are out, as the former defense secretary plans to sit for a series of interviews with ABC News in early February, the network announced Thursday.

Donald Rumsfeld
The cover of Rumsfeld's forthcoming memoir (Image by Amazon.com)

Rumsfeld -- who served as defense secretary in two administrations -- will make his first TV appearance since his November 2006 resignation on "World News with Diane Sawyer" on Feb. 7. "Good Morning America" anchor George Stephanopoulos will conduct a live chat with him Feb. 8, ABC said.

Rumsfeld's book, "Known and Unknown," is set for release the same week. It is set to draw upon hundreds of never-before-seen government documents, guaranteeing that the 832-page tome will make news. He reportedly bypassed traditional FOIA channels to secure access to many of the documents.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | January 6, 2011; 4:54 PM ET
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According to our own publicly available documents..... rumsfeld's IQ is over 160.

Making him one of the top .1% smartest people on the planet.

Insult him as you will, just know that he knew what you're insulting him about 10 years ago.

Ever meet and deal with someone that bright? you may think so, but almost certainly you have not had the honor.

Posted by: docwhocuts | January 6, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

IQ alone does not mean either smart or good for the rest of US.

For all his wars none have been good.

Posted by: justmehla | January 6, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I really, really, really hope that you're being sarcastic, docwhocuts...

Or maybe I just need to learn how to respect high IQ numbers properly. You know - in order to know who's ridiculous/terrible/disastrous opinions I need to blindly agree with.

Sheesh...

Posted by: natemcfarlane | January 6, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The book should be called Osama's Best Friend.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | January 6, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... if he is at the 99.9% of smart people (debatable, but let's run with the proposition), there are only >6 million others equally as smart, many of whom do less harm by plowing fields or weaving baskets for a living.

Posted by: eeeaarrgh1 | January 6, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Hitler had a high IQ, and wrote a book. What's your point?

Posted by: reader011 | January 6, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

It should be titled "Gone and Forgotten (and thankfully never to return)."

Posted by: GaryJean | January 6, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Good lord. How many times must we endure this man? Won't the Bush administration ever die?

Posted by: arancia12 | January 6, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

One of the the three people who kicked the legs out of the American economy by embroiling it in two exorbitant, lengthy and unwinnable wars? The man who has impoverished your grandchildren, and their children, too? The man who took so many members of one of the most honorable armies that ever existed, and singlehandedly turned so many of them into a sadistic rabble of torturers and thugs?
This is destined to be one of the most revisionist, self-serving and self-deluding bits of drivel since "Quotations From Chairman Mao". Mr. Rumsfeld clearly has no wisdom to impart, and I would urge all Americans to boycott his book.

Posted by: blane1 | January 6, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Yet another "memoir" to be given away free with a large enough political donation. I'll pass...

Posted by: OldUncleTom | January 6, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

You've gotta go with the book tour you have, not the one you necessarily want...

Two wars, neither of them conclusive after eight and ten years, respectively, and all these people who took us to war are out on the book tour promoting their wisdom, vision, and philosophy, none of which appears to have merited any reward whatsoever.

Meanwhile, those sent to war with inadequate body armor and much less planning than what they really wanted, continue to man foxholes and get shot at.

Hey, is there a book tour out there for me to get rich from, too?

Posted by: sthomas1957 | January 6, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Another criminal mind. The man should be on trial in the US and at The Hague.

Posted by: pjohn2 | January 6, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfeld is a traitor and a war criminal.
The real question is why hasn't he been charged, tried, and executed yet?

Posted by: GEarlMoore | January 6, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfeld is a traitor and a war criminal.
The real question is why hasn't he been charged, tried, and executed yet?

Posted by: GEarlMoore | January 6, 2011 8:04 PM | Report abuse

If Rumsfeld is a traitor and war criminal, that means the current Sec. of Defense is a traitor and war criminal - along with their bosses: Bush & Cheney and Obama & Biden.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey this morning in Congress talked about the "disastrous" war that is Afghanistan. "This war represents an epic failure, a national embarrassment and a moral blight."

Posted by: alance | January 6, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfeld is an American hero, and a National treasure. Can't wait to read the book..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | January 6, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Rumsfeld, along with many others of the Bush League Administration, is a war criminal and should be prosecuted, but that's not going to happen under our current Republican president.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou440 | January 6, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfeld is an American coward and a national disgrace. Can't wait to trash his little "book."

Posted by: vztownes | January 6, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

As a veteran who endured Robert McNamara's superior IQ and arrogance, I would like to suggest to Mr. Rumsfeld that he should crawl under a rock and die.

Posted by: zandb | January 6, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line:
The USA would have been better off if he had never been born!

Posted by: lufrank1 | January 6, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

IQ 160, that puts him in the same class with Hitler and several other megalomaniacs.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou440 | January 6, 2011 10:06 PM | Report abuse

The man was brilliant (both times around). So was Dick Cheney. They both had the courage of their convictions. They both deserve my respect. They were both very, very wrong about the wars and a great many other things (but not everything).

Posted by: finserra | January 6, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

In a nation where the educated and affluent don't serve in the armed forces Donald Rumsfeld stood out. He is brilliant and a patriot.

Recall Secretary Rumsfeld's, "You fight the war with the Army you have" statement. This in response to a whiney press corps over IED's early in the war. Direct, Blunt and unambiguious.

I look forward to his book and his insights.

mike whatley
pasadena, ca.

Posted by: mewcomm | January 6, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

I really wonder how many war monger types have any real understanding of world history and the awesome responsibilities that people like Mr. Rumsfeld have born for all of us. It is so easy to judge actions with incredible arrogance when you bear no burden on the consequences of whatever it is that you would do if you had access to all the intelligence which we will never see. Our country has many faults, makes many mistakes, makes many poor judgements, but whose team are you on? Read the history of civilizations, the history of what mankind has done to each other...repeatedly and continually. No other country has ever attempted (yes, unsuccessfully many times) to be more aware of humanity, of dignity and of charity than the US. Why do you not crusade on the treatment of women in Muslim countries? Why don't you speak out on the atrocities of Communist dictators? The fact that the worst thing that happened in the last decade was that prisoners had to sit around naked? Should things like that happen, hell no. Do they happen? hell yes. They always will. We are the only people in the world who realize that. The fact that so many utopian people cannot see the world as a complex and dangerous place is nothing more than the 23 year old who hangs around the High School halls yearning for lost innocence. All of us stare at the Christmas tree with a small twinge in our gut thinking of the wonder we used to feel as children. People like Mr. Rumsfeld I am sure feel that as well. I am so thankful that strong and confident leaders like him have been able to grow up and see the world for what it is and realize that it is a harsh world... and that experiment of a nation is worth protecting. He has always been a refreshing contrast to plastic, be anything you want me to be politicians. Thank you Mr. Rumsfeld.

Posted by: bobdds1 | January 6, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

But was he underpayed as the SECDEF? His only problem was he didn't have a sniveling sack of dog poop as a commander in chief...

Posted by: dprpl | January 6, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

This despicable piece of lifeform should not be believed or trusted. He should be in prison with the rest of the "true axis of evil", "w", Dicky, and Karl. TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | January 6, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing how a war criminal as deeply corrupt as Herr Rumsfeld can still walk the Earth a free man in 2011. Just after World War II, the United States hanged war criminals of the Nazi party for crimes against humanity yet Donald runs free to write books and spew propaganda, as the right wing neo-fascists fall over themselves to stroke his ego. You sick fascists deserve the fallout for not sending people like this, to the Hague for proper treatment and or confinement. What happened to justice in Amerikkkia?

Posted by: zippiskootch | January 7, 2011 1:10 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing how a war criminal as deeply corrupt as Herr Rumsfeld can still walk the Earth a free man in 2011. Just after World War II, the United States hanged war criminals of the Nazi party for crimes against humanity yet Donald runs free to write books and spew propaganda, as the right wing neo-fascists fall over themselves to stroke his ego. You sick fascists deserve the fallout for not sending people like this, to the Hague for proper treatment and or confinement. What happened to justice in Amerikkkia?

Posted by: zippiskootch | January 7, 2011 1:12 AM | Report abuse

It is amazing how a war criminal as deeply corrupt as Herr Rumsfeld can still walk the Earth a free man in 2011. Just after World War II, the United States hanged war criminals of the Nazi party for crimes against humanity yet Donald runs free to write books and spew propaganda, as the right wing neo-fascists fall over themselves to stroke his ego. You sick fascists deserve the fallout for not sending people like this to the Hague for proper treatment and or confinement. What happened to justice in Amerikkkia?

Posted by: zippiskootch | January 7, 2011 1:13 AM | Report abuse

So what if Rumsfeld has an IQ of 160! He has been too clever by half, has committed War Crimes in that he was instrumental in the aggresive invasion of Iraq! The oft heard arguement of UN permission is a farce the Secretary General of the UN at the time said there was no Permission given in the Security council.

So Rumsfeld is going on a tour to sell his new book, where is he going, not to Europe where he COULD be arrested for War Crimes under the Universal Jurisdiction laws of many European Countries, a system that the US doesnt believe in unless it is the US that is trying to use them, and they have plenty of them on the books.

I am however interested in how this clever man actually goes about argueing how on his watch, he allowed Torture and abuse of the Geneva Conventions and other US domestic law. Maybe this clever man will in fact hang himself out to dry.

Just Remember this it wasnt that long ago that an Argentine General was convicted for War Crimes against his own people, thirty years after the fact. Mr Rumsfeld it will happen one day, and it will be by US citizens who have become thoroughly sick of what the current Regimes have done to the Constitution, not unlike what happenned in Argentina, and a number of other countries.

In the meantime Mr Rumsfeld why dont you go on a well advertised bookselling tour to Europe, see if you are not arrested. Remember that you wouldnt go for a while to Germany when you were one of the most powerful men in the world the Secretary of Defence for the United States of America. These days you are not one of those most pewerful men in the World but a has been, hoping for resurection. Try the trip we will be watching and waiting for the outcome.

Posted by: the_lion1960 | January 7, 2011 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Yet another "memoir" to be given away free with a large enough political donation. I'll pass...

Posted by: OldUncleTom | January 7, 2011 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Why can't these Constitution-shredders, NeoCon chickenhawks, Oedipally-challenged war-mongers like Cheney Rumsfeld and Bush Jr. just go away and shut up?
Genius Boy working around FOIA, which happens to be the law of the land: why am I not surprised?
They will all be properly cared for later, whether you believe in karma, Old Testament Hell, or other Cosmic Justice.

Posted by: johnsonme4 | January 7, 2011 2:50 AM | Report abuse

docwhocuts, I'm not aware of any correlation between I.Q. and moral or ethical behavior. I'm not sure what point you're trying to make.

By the way, i am in full agreement with those posters who think that Mr. Rumsfeld should be indicted for war crimes. You may wish to look up the U.N. Convention Against Torture (UNCAT), of which we are signatories, to see the acts for which Mr. Rumsfeld could be put on trial. Paragraph 2 of Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution makes the UNCAT part and parcel of the "supreme Law of the Land".

Philippe Sands, another bright man but one who exhibits moral behavior, has done a detailed investigation of acts related to unlawful torture committed by senior members of the previous Administration, including Mr. Rumsfeld. His findings have been documented in the book "Torture Team," which you may find informative as well.

Posted by: apn3206 | January 7, 2011 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait to read the book! Just knowing that the book tour and publicity Mr Rumsfeld is bound to receive over the next couple of months will make the far left apoplectic is just the icing on the cake.

Posted by: wave41 | January 7, 2011 3:37 AM | Report abuse

apn3206 the exact same problem exists for Both Bush in his initial attempts at going around the Court System for the Gitmo Prisoners refusing to allow the Military to do their duty under article 5 of the 3rd Geneva Conventions, as well as the CONGRESS who passed the Military Tribunal laws which said that Prisoners could not use Geneva if they mentioned TORTURE.

Noting that I believe that one of the Supreme Court Justices made comment in the Hamdin Judgement as a Minority ruling that GW Bush may have committed War Crimes. If I am right and I will check and make sure, (its a big read) Why didnt the Congress do its constitutional duty and impeach every one of those who conspired to commit those said War Crimes.

Posted by: the_lion1960 | January 7, 2011 3:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised to see a liberal poster call Rumsfeld a chickenhawk. Of course, Rumsfeld was a Navy fighter pilot and served for 20 years, but why let the facts get in the way of character attacks?

Posted by: Simon23p | January 7, 2011 5:38 AM | Report abuse

Secretary Rumsfield is undoubtedly an extremely intelligent man. This does not mean he is a wise man. He is the 21st century version of Secretary Robert McNamara, the architect of the utterly futile Vietnam War. Secretary Rumsfield is a war criminal as defined by the Nuremberg Tribunal. He is guilty of: 1. Crimes against peace. 2. War crimes. 3. Crimes against humanity. Secretary McNamara was equally culpable. Both thought they were justified however the vast numbers of orphans and widows created by their actions say otherwise.

Posted by: emistruth | January 7, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Secretary Rumsfield is undoubtedly an extremely intelligent man. This does not mean he is a wise man. He is the 21st century version of Secretary Robert McNamara, the architect of the utterly futile Vietnam War. Secretary Rumsfield is a war criminal as defined by the Nuremberg Tribunal. He is guilty of: 1. Crimes against peace. 2. War crimes. 3. Crimes against humanity. Secretary McNamara was equally culpable. Both thought they were justified however the vast numbers of orphans and widows created by their actions say otherwise.

Posted by: emistruth | January 7, 2011 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we will find out what happened to the $2.3 TRILLION lost just before 911 that he announced. Why the section of the Pentegon that was blown up on 911 contained the computers that held the records that "accounted" for the $2.3 trillion. What really hit the Pentegon. I hope that his book tour will take him to a country that will arrest and charge him for war crimes. Maybe he will explain in his book why all of the NORAD interceptors where missing in action on 911.

Posted by: tginmn | January 7, 2011 8:54 AM | Report abuse

IQ and wisdom are not the same thing. Who cares what Rumsfeld scored on the SAT? He was a terrible Sec of Defense!

Posted by: docwhocuts
"According to our own publicly available documents..... rumsfeld's IQ is over 160.

Making him one of the top .1% smartest people on the planet.

Insult him as you will, just know that he knew what you're insulting him about 10 years ago.

Ever meet and deal with someone that bright? you may think so, but almost certainly you have not had the honor."

Posted by: AxelDC | January 7, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

We don't need to hear any more from the Sec of Def who though his primary job was to insult our allies, alienate our troops and drive us into 2 wars that he had no idea how to win.

Posted by: AxelDC | January 7, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

mewcomm wrote:
...
Recall Secretary Rumsfeld's, "You fight the war with the Army you have" statement. This in response to a whiney press corps over IED's early in the war. Direct, Blunt and unambiguious.
...
And completely disingenuous. If you are 'attacked' yes you go to war with the army you have not the army you want.
.
We. Were. Not. Attacked. By. Iraq.
.
His statement only makes *any* sense under the lie that Iraq was part of 9/11 and allied with Bin Laden.

Posted by: rpixley220 | January 7, 2011 10:08 AM | Report abuse

In Spanish there is a saying, "yerba mala nunca muere" or in English, 'Bad weeds never die'. Do you think we can get our hands on some DDT? Just enough for GWB, Cheney and Rumsfield? The rest would be safe enough in jail!! Randall J. Marlowe, Buenos Aires

Posted by: ranjackmarlowegmailcom | January 7, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Hundreds of people if not thousands with an IQ of 160 and higher are shot up in Asylums as they have no knowledge of realities or reason. How this lunatic got out? Ask the Repub party!!! Randall J. Marlowe, Buenos Aires.

Posted by: ranjackmarlowegmailcom | January 7, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

No one should have been allowed to experiment with the lives of our soliders.
He thought he was smarter than everyone in warfare. --- hence the war rages on due to his glorious intellect.

Posted by: gplippert2 | January 7, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Even war criminals can have a high IQ. It obviously overrode common-sense and humility. And, all these years since he began the wars, he's writing books, and the military keeps dying.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 7, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh! Come on! Everybody should know that IQ tests are categorical. Where is he (Rums) so smart? And you know what, anything above the 140 level is irrelevant.

Posted by: willsCA | January 7, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Donald Rumsfeld is a magnificent proof of the false illusion of IQ's, and the amusing chaps who worship them.

The power-damaged mind, flawlessly identifiable and verifiable against all questions, by people of common IQ's, is the first demarcation of the human mind.

If you want to be led by a leader, would you choose a power-damaged mind, and thus an insatiable power-craver willing to kill you and others for his power, with a 160 IQ, or a non-power-damaged mind, and thus a reasoning-based mind with no incentive to kill anyone, with a 100 IQ?

Concurrently, many people in government have high IQ's. So why do they obviously create problems, and are unable to solve problems?

Pity those who worship IQ's above their own reasoning ability.

Respectfully, DougBuchanan.com

Posted by: DougBuchananDotCom | January 7, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The ONLY place Donald Rumsfeld should be reemerging and I mean the ONLY place is on a gallows with a rope around his neck. He along with former President Dick Cheney and his half witted side kick George Bush should have been tried for war crimes long ago and made to pay the price. I for one would like to know if either of them could walk up to the gallows with the same courage displayed by Sadam Hussein. He faced his end without a whimper. He died like a man. I seriously doubt if either of these three amigos would have that kind of courage. Their war was based on lies probably like much of their lives, dishonest to the core.

Posted by: jlrichardson | January 7, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

One other comment.........Rumsfeld is the one who I believe coined the phrase "shock and awe". He was referring to the overwhelming ability of the American armed forces to conquer Iraq. I wonder now if he isn't a bit "shocked and awed" at the nightmare he helped unleash. Is he shocked that the warriors in Afghanistan wearing two dollar sandals have fought the mighty American juggernaut to a standstill. An arsenal with two billion a month investment in killing cannot get the better of these native warriors....now there is something to be "shocked and awed about"...

Posted by: jlrichardson | January 7, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

TO: docwhocuts who wrote:
“… rumsfeld's IQ is over 160. Making him one of the top .1% smartest people on the planet… Ever meet and deal with someone that bright? you may think so, but almost certainly you have not had the honor.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

So, perhaps that explains how Republicans were able to convince their followers that “being attacked” actually meant he “kept them safe.”

His book will necessarily have to be filled with lies, because (according to you) he too smart to ever tell the truth.


Posted by: lindalovejones | January 7, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

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