Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld by Hart Seely

The Unknown

As we know,

There are known knowns.

There are things we know we know.

We also know

There are known unknowns.

That is to say

We know there are some things

We do not know.

But there are also unknown unknowns,

The ones we don’t know we don’t know.

Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

Evasion Haiku

I’m working my way

Over to figuring out

How I won’t answer.

Dec. 3, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

There’s No Debate in the World

There’s no debate in the world

As to whether they have those weapons.

There’s no debate in the world

As to whether they’re continuing to develop

and acquire them.

There’s no debate in the world

As to whether or not he’s used them.

There’s no debate in the world

As to whether or not he’s consistently threatening

his neighbors with them.

We all know that.

A trained ape knows that.

All you have to do is read the newspaper.

Sept. 13, 2002, media roundtable with BBC and the Voice of America

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3 thoughts on “Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld by Hart Seely

  1. Mr. Rumsfeld doesn’t like to talk about his cozy meetings with Mr. Hussein in the early 1980’s….the arms deals with the US….$500 million dollars sent to Iraq from the US to assist Iraq’s nuclear program….anything for oil, even it it meant gassing Kurdish people…later, when Mr. Hussein threatened Kuwait, we went after him…can’t have a guy messing with our oil…

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