After graduating from Princeton with a BA in Politics, Rumsfeld had spent three years in the navy as a pilot before starting his political career as the assistant to a congressman.

There have been no comments from either the Pentagon or US Army spokespeople in Iraq on Karpinski's accusations. A US Marine publicly criticised him for sending American troops to war in inadequate equipment - the poorly protected but ubiquitous Humvee being a prime example. Rumsfeld testifies before the 9-11 Commission. Ford's subsequent defeat to Jimmy Carter saw Rumsfeld temporarily out of the West Wing and he busied himself with various lucrative extra-curricular roles in industry before returning to the frontline in the Reagan years. It stated: It is one thing for the majority of Americans to think Rumsfeld has failed. Then, as a special envoy to President Ronald Reagan, he had smiled and shaken Saddam Hussein by the Iraqi dictator's already blood soaked hand during a diplomatic visit to Baghdad. "[15] However, military investigations into the matters did not find him responsible for any wrongdoing. He co-signed a January 29, 1998 PNAC letter sent to President Bill Clinton[9], From January to July 1998 Rumsfeld chaired the 9-member Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States.

There he began sorting his papers for a memoir and charting his next course.

In the end the coup de grace was self-inflicted. Rumsfeld himself said, "These events occurred on my watch as secretary of defense. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. He started early and expected his staff to do likewise and his immediate response to the terrible events of 9/11 gained him widespread approval. or debate this issue live on our message boards.

[24] Also, Rumsfeld claimed that the administration's critics have "moral and intellectual confusion" about what threatens the nation's security and accused them of lacking the courage to fight back.[25][26]. [40], Additionally, the New York-based law firm, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) announced Wednesday November 8th 2006 that it plans to file a war crimes lawsuit against Rumsfeld in Germany.

It was a photo opportunity he long lived to regret and excuse away. During his tenure at Searle, Rumsfeld led the company's financial turnaround that in turn earned him awards as the Outstanding Chief Executive Officer in the Pharmaceutical Industry from the Wall Street Transcript (1980) and Financial World (1981).

He first took the job as America disengaged from the catastrophic war in Vietnam. After taking the company public and returning it to profitability, Rumsfeld returned to private business in late 1993. And so having survived into his fifth decade in the political limelight, Rumsfeld was once again called back to the Pentagon, by George W Bush, in 2001.

New York Civil Liberties Union director Donna Lieberman said, "On the one hand Congress has afforded broad latitude to collect information but on the other hand the Department of Defense has completely flouted those limits."[39].

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Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) (1973–1974). Thousands sign an online petition objecting to the appointment. One day later, Bush announced Rumsfeld would resign his position as Secretary of Defense.

[4]. His aggressive energy, so redolent of his wrestling days was a trademark of his working style. In the end the coup de grace was self-inflicted.

", George Washington University's National Security Archive releases the first installment.

Was captain of the football and wrestling teams at Princeton. She said that this was contrary to the Geneva Convention and quoted from the same "Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind". He gives more press conferences than his predecessors. In the end the criticism became overwhelming - and when it translated into a disastrous mid term election result for the Grand Old Party then his job was no longer tenable. On November 8, 2006, Rumsfeld tendered his resignation as Secretary of Defense. There were a growing number of embarrasing gaffes such as when in December 2004 he had to admit to using a machine to replicate his signature on condolence letters to the families of dead soldiers. ABB is a European engineering giant based in Zürich, Switzerland; formed through the merger between ASEA of Sweden and Brown Boveri of Switzerland. He attended Princeton University on academic and NROTC scholarships (A.B., 1954). While at Princeton his roommate was another future Secretary of Defense Frank Carlucci. From January 1997 until being sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense in January 2001, Rumsfeld served as Chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc. "charitable causes that support wounded military veterans and their families, and that advance the legacy and heritage of Winston Churchill.

The Hill 1625 K Street, NW Suite 900 Washington DC 20006 | 202-628-8500 tel | 202-628-8503 fax. He also claimed that he was hooded, threatened, taunted and insulted by U.S. soldiers. He was also a member of the U.S./Russia Business Forum and Chairman of the Congressional Leadership's National Security Advisory Group. (CNN)Here's a look at the life of former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In a national political career which spanned more than 40 years, Rumsfeld had the distinction first of becoming the youngest Secretary of Defense in US history - during the brief Ford adminstration - and then, under Bush junior, the oldest. I am accountable for them. Rumsfeld resigned from Congress in 1969 — his fourth term — to serve in the Nixon Administration as Director of the United States Office of Economic Opportunity, Assistant to the President, and a member of the President's Cabinet (1969-1970); named Counselor to the President in December of 1970, Director of the Economic Stabilization Program; and member of the President's Cabinet (1971-1972). His direct involvement with Iraq began in 1983.

In November 2006, the former US Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, in-charge of Abu Ghraib prison until early 2004, told Spain's El Pais newspaper she had seen a letter apparently signed by Rumsfeld which allowed civilian contractors to use techniques such as sleep deprivation during interrogation.

Michael Ratner of CCR claims that Rumsfeld is one of the architects of the U.S. torture program, and that he personally supervised the torture of Mohamed al-Kahtani, which is allegedly documented in the Schmidt report, an internal investigation. No comments have so far been submitted.

The suit charges Rumsfeld with violations of the U.S. Constitution and international law prohibiting torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment. According to declassified U.S. State Department documents Rumsfeld also informed Tariq Aziz (Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister) that: "Our efforts to assist were inhibited by certain things that made it difficult for us ... citing the use of chemical weapons."[8]. Rumsfeld went to Baker Demonstration School for middle school and graduated from New Trier High School.

The sale of the nuclear technology was a high-profile contract.

The Pentagon defended the database as critical to national security, but the plaintiffs argue that the database retains information on people as young as 16 in violation of federal privacy laws. "[30] Conservative commentator Patrick J. Buchanan reports that "Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, who travels often to Iraq and supports the war, says that the generals mirror the views of 75 percent of the officers in the field, and probably more. They concluded that Iraq, Iran, and North Korea could develop intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities in five to ten years and that US intelligence would have little warning before such systems were deployed.[10]. Now, with almost 3,000 American military dead in Iraq so far, countless hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilian casualties and anti-Americanism rampant across the Islamic world, those giddy days seem a distant memory.

[41] CCR had filed a similar complaint to Germany in 2004, but Germany then dismissed the charges.

And so, the great survivor finally gets the bullet. It features some surprising guest appearances, most notably by Donald Rumsfeld. But then came Black Thursday for the Republicans.

Two decades later the one-time liberal was part of the hawkish neo-con White House cabal which plotted the invasion which ousted Saddam but opened a Pandora's Box of insurgency which the world's only superpower has found impossible to contain.

Rumsfeld grew up in Winnetka, Illinois. Visits Abu Ghraib prison in the wake of a detainee abuse scandal. [1] One of his ancestors (named "Rumpsfeld", with a P) from Leeste married a woman in Südweyhe. Dennison served one term, losing in the Democratic landslide of 1958. Rumsfeld became an Eagle Scout in 1949, and is the recipient of both the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. In one he said of fugitive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden that he was "either alive and well or alive and not too well or not alive.". And the sad tale of fake food and experimentation on the human race continued onward. //]]>. In February of 1973, Rumsfeld left Washington to serve as U.S. Rumsfeld has been associated with the Chicago School of Economics, and can be seen in Milton Friedman's PBS series Free to Choose. Updated 1534 GMT (2334 HKT) July 29, 2020.

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After the German and French governments voiced opposition to invading Iraq, Rumsfeld labeled these countries as part of "Old Europe", implying that countries which supported the war were part of a newer, modern Europe[11]. After a two year stint with investment banking firm A. G. Becker from 1960 to 1962, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives for the 13th Congressional District in Illinois in 1962, at the age of 30, and was re-elected by large majorities in 1964, 1966, and 1968.

Rumsfeld was named Defense Secretary soon after President George W. Bush took office in 2001. Rumsfeld is believed to have earned around $12 million from Searle's sale to Monsanto.

All text is available under the terms of the. Rumsfeld, who has been married for 50 years to his wife Joyce and has three children, toyed with the idea of running for the Republican candidacy in the 1988 presidential elections - he had run for vice-president eight years previously. He was also a board member of the RAND Corporation.

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