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Monday, September 26, 2005

Rumsfeld's Poetic Prose!

George W. Bush is well known for mangling his words and using incorrect phraseology. It seems an obligation in the Bush administration to speak like some Victorian cleric with a word deficiency. The Reverend Spooner comes to mind! Donald Rumsfeld is in print - "Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald H. Rumsfeld"

He uttered this at a Department of Defense news briefing Feb. 12, 2002!

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.

and this beauty, also to a Defense Department briefing (now we know what de-briefing is supposed to do!)

I think what you'll find,
I think what you'll find is,
Whatever it is we do substantively,
There will be near-perfect clarity
As to what it is.

And it will be known,
And it will be known to the Congress,
And it will be known to you,
Probably before we decide it,
But it will be known.

Dr Charles McEvoy from Ripon, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom gave this review to Amazon Books. "I have little interest in politics, and would probably not have picked this book up if I had not been given it, but it is one of the funniest short books I have read.It comprises short extracts from speeches and interviews given by Donald Rumsfeld, presented as 'discovered poetry', and it refrains entirely from poking fun, mocking or making political points of its own.You could read it in a few minutes, but will want to go back and read it again - and it could change the way you listen to political speeches on the odd occasion we are allowed to hear more than the three second soundbite."

Sounds like a good read!

What would George Washington make of modern day literature?



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