February 9, 2011, - 1:27 am
I’ve always greatly respected and admired Donald Rumsfeld more than most in government, Republican or Democrat. I defended and praised him on this site and in TV appearances, including on MSNBC. His class, no-nonsense/blunt style, patriotism, genius, sense of humor, and decades of service to the country are unmatched and a rare combination. And, on top of that, he always understood the Islamic threat, explicitly expressed the danger of jihad, and the importance of supporting our only friend in the Mid-East, Israel. As you probably know, Rumsfeld’s new book, “Known and Unknown: A Memoir” is out, and he’s doing the press tour. Despite the endless liberal attempts to savage and vilify this man, I believe history will remember Donald Rumsfeld as a great man, just as is the case now with Ronald Reagan. He will always be very cool in my book.
Today, Rumsfeld appeared to promote his memoir on the radio and cable shows of a number of conservative talking heads, but their interviews were boring, especially after I watched Rumsfeld’s best appearance on last night’s ABC News “Nightline.” Though I normally find her loathsome, ironically Diane Sawyer’s interview was the best one I’ve seen–not because of her questions (she tried to make him look bad), but because of Rummy’s terrific, deeply felt responses.
This man is a truly great American. It’s hard to believe he’s 78, as he’s sharper, smarter, and quicker than most 28-year-olds, half a century his junior. If he were running for President today, I’d campaign and vote for him. Love this guy. When my late father was alive, he always extolled to me the virtues of “the great mensch Rumsfeld.” You gotta watch the videos of his ABC News interview, below. Makes me proud he was heading the Pentagon for so many years. Could listen to his remarks all day long. This is a real man. The kind of great American male leader and patriot who is, sadly, becoming extinct.
Again, LOVE. HIM.
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