So, I’m scheduled to interview Donald Rumsfeld about his new book, Known and Unknown: A Memoir tomorrow. Any suggested questions from Tatler readers?
How’s the biography of his wife coming?
What is it about New Trier High School that produces such extraordinary leaders? (E.g., himself and Mayor Rahm, former Senator Mark Kirk, actors Ann-Margaret, Adam Bladwin (“Firefly,” “Chuck”), Ralph Bellamy, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Virginia Madsen, author-lawyer Scott Turow.)
I’d like to know whether his departure from the Cabinet after the 2006 elections was voluntary or imposed upon him.
As an admirer of Secretary Rumsfeld’s tremendous executive and management capacities, I have been puzzled for years as to how the planning for the post-war situation was so thoroughly inadequate? I realize “no battle plan survives contact with the enemy” and the fog of war clouds what can be seen, but it seems much broke down because they just didn’t have an adequate plan or set of plans for addressing the post-war issues which were not totally unknown or outside the bounds of reasonable projects as to what could happen. In a million years, it never would have occurred to me that Don Rumsfeld was left totally unprepared, which is the impression, even if its inaccurate.
It seems from Secretary Rumsfeld’s book that Colin Powell has been saying very different things in public / to the press than he was saying in Cabinet meetings. Is this an accurate observation and if so to what does Rumsfeld ascribe that discrepancy?
Why do you think there were all those barrels of insecticides found camoflauged in military bunkers in Iraq?
In Iraq, “Lean and Mean,” as a warfighting concept, worked deucedly well during the invasion phase. However, the occupation phase apparently DID require far more troops than you’d planned for. Has this altered your strategic view of our military and how it operates?
Why, oh why, did the administration fail to point out how closely Iran is linked to Bin Laden?
I would ask him what he thought about General MacArthur’s dictum that we should never get bogged down in a land war in Asia.
What would happen if we start withdrawal from Afghanistan this year as Obama plans?
Ask him about bob woodward’s accusation that he was what primarily stood in the way of the surge
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