Donald Rumsfeld bit the dust yesterday and his passing was a national tragedy. Of sorts.
You’re probably asking, why was Rumsfeld’s death a tragedy? After all, this vile humanoid committed countless crimes against humanity and none worse than those carried out while secretary of defense under President George W. Bush, when he oversaw the invasion and disastrous occupation of Iraq.
I’ll tell you why. Because if there was any justice in the world, Rumsfeld would have died long ago.
Needless to say, many US media outlets immediately spewed out stories and social media posts that whitewashed Rumsfeld’s actions. Consider this from the Associated Press.
What rubbish, though “soiled” was unintentionally the perfect word given that Rummy was such a shit stain.
The AP item prompted journalist Tim Shorrock to tweet a number of would-be top lines from other possible obits. For example, “General William Westmoreland, the tactical genius behind search-and-destroy missions and burning villages, undermined by the Vietnam War.” My submission: “Mr. Hitler, the mustachioed former watercolorist who tragically overreached in invading the Soviet Union.”
The New York Times, predictably, took a “balanced” approach to its coverage of Rumsfeld’s demise. Rumsfeld, ran the subhead of its obituary, “oversaw a war that many said should never have been fought” but “he said the removal of Saddam Hussein had ‘created a more stable and secure world’.” In another gem, the story said, “Mr. Rumsfeld was a combative infighter who seemed to relish conflicts as he challenged cabinet rivals, members of Congress and military orthodoxies.”
The Times noted that in his 2011 memoir, Known and Unknown, Rumsfeld “expressed no regrets over the decision to invade Iraq, which had cost the United States $700 billion and 4,400 American lives.” The story didn’t mention the incalculable, ongoing toll in Iraq. Already by 2008 Reuters reported that 1 million Iraqis had “died as a result of the conflict in their country since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, according to research conducted by one of Britain’s leading polling groups.” Oh well.
It should be noted that virtually the entire US political class, Republican and Democratic, was just as catastrophically wrong about Iraq. That includes Joe Biden, who during the run up to the 2003 invasion, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was an ardent cheerleader for war. Naturally, he flagrantly lied about his record when running for president.
Summing up, Donald Rumsfeld was a vile, evil man. Good fucking riddance. I’m boycotting the US media obituaries about him because I’m not a masochist, so I don’t know if his death was painful, but I hope so. If he died in his sleep it would be most unfortunate, but he will rot in hell either way.
Am I being too harsh? Not in the slightest. If you think so, please review this tweet from George Zornick. I think that should change your mind.
To help you commemorate Rumsfeld’s death, I’ve got two videos for you. The first is this delightful clip from The Wizard of Oz. I invite you to sing along.
The second is this 2006 segment from The Daily Show, before Jon Stewart started sucking. It’s quite hilarious and features former CIA officer Ray McGovern catching Rummy in an egregious lie about WMDs and Iraq.
So enjoy the clips and enjoy Rumsfeld’s death. It should be a national holiday in the US and surely is being treated as one by millions of Iraqis.