February 18, 2005


Rumsfield Speaks At Pentagon Dec2004

The Current U.S Secretary of Defense Donald Henry Rumsfield was born on July 9th 1932 in Chicago,Illinois of German Descent,his grandfather was originally from Bremen in Northern Germany.Rumsfield attended Princetown University obtaining a scholarship in 1954.He went on to serve 3 years as an aviator with the United States Navy until 1957,moving to Washington D.C where he served as an aide to a Congressman from Ohio.From 1960-62 he was employed by A.G.Becker an investment bank,being elected in 1962 to the United States House of Representatives from Illinois at the age of 30 and was successively re-elected in 64,66 and 1968.Rumsfield resigned his position in 1969 inorder to serve within the Nixon administration where he held the position of Director of the United States Office of Economic Opportunity,Assistant to the President and a member of the Cabinet.In 1973 Rumsfield was appointed U.S ambassador to NATO in Brussels,Belgium. In 1974 after the Watergate scandal President Ford recalled Rumsfield to Washington where he maintained the position of Chairman of the transition to the President,White House Chief of Staff and a member of President Fords Cabinet.He became the 13th Secretary of Defense in 1975 at the age of 43,during this 2 year period Rumsfield consolidated the power and influence of the military within the administration at the expense of the CIA and Henry Kissenger,he achieved this by propugating the view that the Soviet Union was increasing defense spending and persuing secret weapons of mass destruction programs,this was in direct conflict with the CIA who s advice was the exact opposite,the effect was an escalation in defense budget spending and a return to enforced cold war ethic,Rumsfield succeded in pushing the acceptance of the views of Leo Strauss throughout goverment.As part of the administration,Rumsfield formulated the White House response to the death of Frank Olson a participant in the controversial MKUltra project,Olson was involved in mind control experimentation and became a security risk after speaking out openly regarding the morality of the work being carried out.Olson was given LSD and apparently thrown to his death out of a motel window in 1953.Olsons family along with the Church Committee unearthed the CIAs domestic involvement and threatened to sue the United States Goverment,White House staffers Rumsfield and Dick Cheney offered the family compensation and high level meetings,the White House maintained that Olsons death was a suicide until this was blown wide open when the Olson family found a CIA manual that had instructions on drugging a victim with LSD and then throwing them out of a window.Olsons body was immediately exhumed and postmortem results have indicated that Olson s death was homicide and not suicide.This story was released by the Baltimore Sun in late 2004.

Rumsfield was responsible in 1976 for ushering George Bush I into the position of Director of the CIA.
Rumsfield was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom,the nations highest civilian award in 1977.From 1977 to 1985 Rumsfield served as Chief Executive Officer,President and then Chairman of Searle and Co,a worldwide pharmaceutical company,it was Rumsfield that got FDA approval for the controversial artificial sweetner Aspartame.During his tenure at Searle he slashed the companies number of employees by around 60%,this financial turnaround earned him awards from the Wall Street Transcript and the Financial World,he is believed to have earned $12 from the sale of Searle to Monsanto.
From 1985 to 1990 he was in private business. During his business career, Rumsfeld continued public service in a variety of posts, including
Member of the President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control - Reagan Administration (1982 - 1986);
President Reagan's Special Envoy on the Law of the Sea Treaty (1982 - 1983);
Senior Advisor to President Reagan's Panel on Strategic Systems (1983 - 1984);
Member of the U.S. Joint Advisory Commission on U.S./Japan Relations - Reagan Administration (1983 - 1984);
President Reagan's Special Envoy to the Middle East (1983 - 1984);
Member of the National Commission on the Public Service (1987 - 1990);
Member of the National Economic Commission (1988 - 1989);
Member of the Board of Visitors of the National Defense University (1988 - 1992);
Member of the Commission on U.S/Japan Relations (1989-1991)
Member of the Board of Directors for ABB Ltd (1990-1991)
FCCs High Definition Television Advisory Committee (1992-1993)
Chairman,Commission on the Ballistic Missile Threat to the U.S (1998-1999)
Member of the U.S Trade Deficit Review Commission (1999-2000)
Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) (2000)
Chairman of the U.S Commission to Assess National Security Space Management (2000)
Rumsfeld served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Instrument Corporation from 1990 to 1993. A leader in broadband transmission, distribution, and access control technologies for cable, satellite and terrestrial broadcasting applications, the company pioneered the development of the first all-digital high definition television (HDTV) technology. After taking the company public and returning it to profitability, Rumsfeld returned to private business in late 1993. Until being sworn in as the 21st Secretary of Defense, Rumsfeld served as Chairman of Gilead Sciences inc and was also Chairman of the RAND Corporation.
During his period as Reagans Special Envoy to the Middle East,Rumsfield was the main conduit for crucial American military intelligence,hardware and strategic advice to Saddam Hussein,then fighting Iran in the Iran/Iraq war.During this period,U.S policy supported Iraq,believing it to be a useful buffer against Irans new Religious goverment,also in retaliation for the U.S humiliation in the 1979 Embassy seige and subsequent rescue failure of U.S personnell.Rumsfield visited Iraq on December 19th 1983 and held a 90 minute conversation with Saddam Hussein which covered Syrias occupation of Lebanon,preventing Syrian and Iranian expansion,preventing arms sales to Iran by foreign countries,increasing Iraqi oil supply via a possible new pipeline through Jordan and into Haifa,Israel.Not mentioned was Iraqi production and use of chemical weapons.The Iranian goverment had cited several Iraqi air and ground chemical attacks in the preceding 2 months.

Rumsfields civic activities included service as a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and a member of the boards of trustees of the Ford Foundation,The Eisenhower Exchange,the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and the National Park Foundation.He was also a member of the U.S/Russia Business Forum and Chairman of the Congressional Leaderships National Security Advisory Group.

Rumsfield was a founder and active member of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) whose goal is to achieve American global domination by whatever means necessary and which in September 2000 proposed to invade Iraq.He signed the 1998 letter to President Clinton advocating the use of force in Iraq to "protect our vital interests in the gulf".While Rumsfeld was on the board of directors of ABB, the global technology group, they issued a press release on January 20, 2000 that said they have signed contracts to deliver equipment and services for two nuclear power stations at Kumho on the east coast of North Korea,Rumsfield has not made any public statement explaining the arrangement.

As Secretary of Defense under G.W Bush,Rumsfield was frequently in the public eye as he headed the defense department at the Pentagon during the U.S invasion of Afghanistan and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.A remark that led to particular debate was his characterisation of the bombing of Baghdad as "Shock and Awe",part of the now infamous Rumsfield doctrine.His insistence on leading the war with few troops got him initial respect for the fast victory but later ridicule for the Abu Gharib torture scandal and instability within Iraq,Rumsfield was blamed for poor planning and incompetance with the subsequent occupation of Iraq.It has widely been argued that he holds responsibility for war crimes committed against civilians in Najaf,Fallujah and Abu Gharib and a war crimes complaint has been filed against him in Germany by the Centre for Constitutional Rights,the complaint was later dropped by German authorities.Bushs decision to retain Rumsfield for a second term after his re-election was controversial both among Democrats,Republicans and the American people.

Researched and Written by K.C.Moore and edited by newsout.blogspot.com
Sources Wikipedia,BBC,Pravda.

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Rumsfield With Saddam Hussein 1983