Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Donald Rumsfeld, best known and remembered as President George W. Bush’s secretary of Defense before and during the Iraq war, has penned an 815-page book, released last week, titled Known and Unknown.
It should remind us of how little we knew about Iraq and how Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, Bush and others pulled the wool over our eyes.
To refresh your memory:
We invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003.
Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their pro-war crowd warned us Iraq’s Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction that he might use against neighboring countries.
But they said fixing the problem would be simple.
Before the invasion, Rumsfeld told troops, “It could last, you know, six days, six weeks, I doubt six months.”
Cheney said the conflict would be “weeks rather than months.”
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” two weeks after the invasion, Rumsfeld said, “We know where the [weapons of mass destruction] are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.”
They still haven’t been found anywhere.
Because there weren’t any.
Now, Rumsfeld has written a book not to clarify the misinformation and mistakes made in Iraq, but to try to salvage his reputation.
In doing so, he takes some hard hits against two key administration officials who were on the right side rather than the wrong side of the many Bush misadventures — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor, Colin Powell.
Rumsfeld’s book is worth reading. If you do, it will help you understand how and why some politicians will do almost anything to pull the wool over our eyes in order to push their pet projects.
Al Neuharth is the founder of USA Today.