Did anyone catch former SecDef Don Rumsfeld on Fareed Zakaria's Global Public Square this weekend? Secretary Rumsfeld made some really subtle but ugly remarks in response to Zakaria's tough grilling. Dear rummy: Zakaria is a journalist -- tough questioning of public officials is what is expected of him. From the transcript:
RUMSFELD: -- of GDP today than we were then and we can afford it just fine. Now, there are people who think we're living in the post-American world, to coin a phrase. There are people who believe that we should step back and lead from behind. I personally think that the role of the United States has been a good one in the world, that it's been a healthy thing, that it's contributed to a more peaceful world, and it's not an accident that people all over the world want to come here, and they're standing in line to get a green card to come to the United States.
And the order that the United States contributes to, peace and stability in the world, by our strength is significant. I mean, Dwight Eisenhower had the phrase right -- it's peace through strength. It's be a deterrent, have those capabilities that dissuade people from thinking they can do things they ought not to do.
Weakness is provocative. We don't want to provoke people.
ZAKARIA: But Eisenhower believed very much in having a military industrial complex that was manageable. He worried a great deal about overspending. He worried even after Sputnik that it was going to be -- he is if anything a story about somebody who felt that you don't need, you know, to spend more than the rest of the world put together, which is what we're spending.
I just want to say on your bait that --
RUMSFELD: You like that phrase.
ZAKARIA: All the nice things you said about America are what attracted me to come to this country in the first place.
RUMSFELD: And we're glad you came.
Charmed, I'm sure. Of course, Zakaria wrote the "post-American world" and is a naturalized American citizen. The smarmy implication is all-too-obvious. Zakaria is a not really American, plus he writes un-American things from a brown perspective. Just ugly shit, worse that it was done on live TV -- which says a lot about Rumsfeld as a man. I found it quite interesting, however, that when confronted about the baiting this alleged "tough guy" backed down in true pussy fashion ("and we're glad you came"). What a fucking dick.
Wonder what Midge Dector thinks of her loverboy now?