Donald Rumsfeld Pt. 2

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Donald Rumsfeld reveals how the National Security Council responded to his Parade of Horribles memo before invading Iraq. (2:47)

I GUESS MY -- WHAT I'M TRYING TO

GET TO IS THIS: YOU HAD A MEMO

OF PARADE OF HORRIBLES?

IT WAS TWO OR THREE PAGES?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

>> Jon: IT WAS 30 OR 40

HORRIBLES.

>> POSSIBLE.

I DIDN'T KNOW.

>> Jon: YOU DON'T KNOW IF THAT

PARADE IS GOING TO HAPPEN.

IT COULD BE THE PUERTO RICAN DAY

PARADE.

NOBODY KNOWS.

[LAUGHTER]

IT SEEMED THAT THE EFFORT THAT

THE ADMINISTRATION EXUDED WAS

MORE GEARED TOWARDS MAKING THE

CASE OF WHY WE HAD TO DO THIS

THAN EXAMINING YOUR MEMO.

YOU SAY YOURSELF IN THE BOOK, I

GAVE THE MEMO TO THE NFC, I

DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO IT.

>> NOT QUITE.

>> Jon: YOU GAVE THE MEMO TO

THE NSC BUT THEY DIDN'T PAY

ATTENTION.

>> INDIVIDUALS DID AND PEOPLE

DID MAKE PREPARATIONS FOR SOME

OF THOSE THINGS.

CERTAINLY WE DID IN THE

DEPARTMENT.

THEY WERE NOT EXTENSIVE MEETINGS

ON THEM.

>> Jon: THAT'S MY POINT.

>> FAIR ENOUGH.

>> Jon: THE WHITE HOUSE RAT

GROUP MET WEEKLY.

THE GROUP THAT WAS ASSIGNED THE

JOB OF COORDINATING THE

PRESENTATION ABOUT GOING TO WAR

IN IRAQ MET WEEKLY?

>> I GUESS SO.

I DON'T KNOW.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN AT A

DIFFERENT LEVEL.

THE NSC MET FREQUENTLY.

>> Jon: DID THEY TELL YOU

ANYTHING?

YOU POOR MAN.

ARE YOU NOT ON THE E-MAIL LIST?

ARE YOU NOT CCED?

>> I WAS IN THE NATIONAL

SECURITY.

>> Jon: THERE WAS A --

>> YOU DON'T NEED TO TELL ME.

>> Jon: YOU CREATED A WHOLE

OFFICE TO DEAL WITH INTELLIGENCE

WITHIN THE PENTAGON CALLED THE

OFFICE OF SPECIAL PLANS.

>>

DID YOU KNOW THAT.

>> I DID NOT.

>> Jon: YOU RECOMMENDED IT?

>> NO.

>> Jon: DID YOU HAVE ANY

POWER?

>> SURE, LOTS.

>> Jon: IF THEY SAID CAN WE

CREATE A SPECIAL OFFICE?

>> THERE ARE THREE MILLION

PEOPLE IN THAT OPERATION.

EVERYONE DID NOT ASK ME

EVERYTHING THEY WERE GOING TO DO

THEY WERE DELEGATED LARGE CHUNKS

OF RESPONSIBILITY.

THEY WERE GOOD PEOPLE WHO DID A

GOOD JOB.

>> Jon: LET'S NOT GET CRAZY.

I WANT TO TELL YOU THIS.

I REALLY DO APPRECIATE YOU AT

LEAST HAVING THE CONVERSATION

AND HAVING AT LEAST THE

ABILITY --

>> WHY DO YOU SAY AT LEAST

TWICE?

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: NICELY DONE.

I REALLY DO APPRECIATE IT.

[LAUGHTER]

AND I KNOW YOU HAVE TO GO AND

YOUR TIME IS VALUABLE AND I DO

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

"KNOWN AND

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