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Light Blogging–send me you questions

Two points: Headed out on the road for DC, so light blogging today and possibly tomorrow.

Point two:  will be having a lunch meeting (along with other bloggers) with former SecDef Donald Rumsfeld who published his book yesterday (Known and Unknown).

Save the snark and sarcasm for another time – if there are any serious questions about his time as SecDef you’d like for me to ask, put them in the comment section.  Serious stuff only – like I said, limited time for me, so I’d prefer not to have to wade through other stuff.  But this is QandO, it is a libertarian site, and I do know the strong anti-authoritarian streak that most of us have, so I’m not entirely hopeful … heh.



19 Responses to Light Blogging–send me you questions

  • If you are so inclined and find the time, please thank him for his service to the nation.

  • It took years for the ‘surge’ plan to materialize in the face of consistent sectarian violence in Iraq.  I’d like to hear the reasoning why it took so long for such a plan to emerge.
    From his understanding, how much was the sectarian violence in Iraq driven by outside forces, especially Iran.

    • Regarding the lengthy time, President Bush answered that question during his interview at facebook.  I’d recommend watching the video to get the answer.

  • Was it a mistake in communication to focus on the justification for the Iraq war, instead of the strategy, the chance to change the facts on the ground in the Arab world?
    In other words, were we having the wrong discussion here in the US in 2002?

  • Which song does he find to be a more accurate picture of President Obama: Yakety Sax, or Liberty Bells?

  • “Secretary Rumsfeld, why the overwhelming emphasis on WMDs when it was the Hussein regime itself that was so dangerous? And what can you tell us now, if anything, about Saddam Hussein’s efforts, planned or in motion, to outsource terrorism before and after 9/11?”

  • The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating, confidential cables from its embassy in Riyadh show. The cables, released by WikiLeaks, urge Washington to take seriously a warning from a senior Saudi government oil executive that the kingdom’s crude oil reserves may have been overstated by as much as 300bn barrels – nearly 40%. The revelation comes as the oil price has soared in recent weeks to more than $100 a barrel on global demand and tensions in the Middle East. Many analysts expect that the Saudis and their Opec cartel partners would pump more oil if rising prices threatened to choke off demand.

    This may go a long way to explain the administration wide effort on pushing the disputed AGW hypothesis.

  • Mr. Rumsfeld, do you believe that, in the foreseeable future, the US should invade nations on the “reasonable assumption” that the nation in question has WMD, or should the US wait for verifiable evidence?
    Mr. Rumsfeld, do you believe that because the US invaded Iraq on flawed intelligence that Iraq had WMD, that any credibility the US had is now damaged in such a way that a real threat from nations with WMD would be met with enough skepticism to hinder public support for action against said nation?

    • Mr. Rumsfeld, do you agree that only Republicans can be held liable when hindsight show their policies to be flawed?
      Come on Pogue, you can think up better questions.

      • It is shocking how little the CIA knew about Iraq. Was anyone ever fired? Remember, the DoD is only supposed to fight the war, the CIA is responsible for the intel. I’d prefer to ask Tenet Pogue’s questions.
        By the way, are we sure that if Iraq had remained untouched, and probably off sanctions by now, what would be the results? Of course, Saddam and his sons would have resigned like Mubarak right?

      • Who said anything about Republicans or Democrats, bains?
        Besides, this is about damaged credibility, not accountability.  Though accountability questions would be equally valid.

  • Questions for Sec. Rumsfeld (in no particular order):

    1.  What do you regard as the most likely national security threat(s) facing the United States in the next twenty years, and how should our armed forces be structured / equipped to defeat those threats?

    2.  What is your opinion on allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the US military?  What about women serving in combat roles?

    3.  Do you regard Red China as a likely military threat to the United States, or is it more likely that our two countries will maintain their peaceful (if not always completely friendly) relationship?  What should be our policy regarding the Republic of China?

    4.  Do you regard our present strategic deterrent as adequate?

    5.  What should we do with regard to North Korea?  To what extent should our policy be decided by Seoul and, to a lesser extent, Tokyo and other regional powers who are threatend by the Kim regime?

    6.  How much of a priority should strategic missile defense be for the United States?

    7.  Should we do more to develop military ties with other countries such as India and former Warsaw countries like Poland and Czech Republic?

    8.  What should be our policy regarding Iran?

    9.  How should the United States deal with despotic regimes that are also nominally friendly to us, such as the Mubarrak regime?  How can we better balance concerns about human rights / “democracy” with practical national security concerns?

    10.  Is our industrial base large enough to sustain our military in the event of a major conflict?  If not, how can we build it up to a modern “arsenal of democracy”?

    Thanks to Sec. Rumsfeld for his service.

  • In relation to his current work at the Hoover Institute, where do large non-state terrorists like Al-Qaeda get their funding from?

  • Mister Secretary, one of the biggest priorities Pres Bush had in early 2001 re:DoD, was to modernize the military.  I’ve heard you argue that you revitalized the force structure so that battalions can now deploy just as effectively as divisions did in the past.  With that in mind, what further re-structures would you recommend.  And was any re-structuring you further sought shelved due to 9-11?

  • Mr. Secretary:
    So far, very little has been heard from knowing voices in the capitals of Europe with regard to the now simmering state of affairs in Egypt.
    Assuming the worst, a violent overthrow at some point later this year or the next leading to a radicalized Egyptian state (with nuclear potential via Iran) or a thoroughly brutal repression of such an attempt leading to a naked junta, …
    What might or might not the leaders in Brussels be able to say or do? After all, they are much closer and have far more at stake.
    As a follow up:
    What might or might not US leadership be able to do given such ugly scenarios?
    Thank you.