Thursday, November 09, 2006

Upon The Resignation of the Secretary of War Defense

This is a little late, but whatever. . .

Donald Rumsfeld resigned his position as Secretary of Defense yesterday. I, for one, am glad. This should give him plenty of time to focus on his existential poetry.

You're going to be told lots of things.
You get told things every day that don't happen.
It doesn't seem to bother people, they don't—
It's printed in the press.
The world thinks all these things happen.
They never happened.
Everyone's so eager to get the story
Before in fact the story's there
That the world is constantly being fed
Things that haven't happened.
All I can tell you is,
It hasn't happened.
It's going to happen.
—Feb. 28, 2003, Department of Defense briefing


Flannery Alden said...

Brilliant. I can just see him smoking galoise and wearing a black beret as he retires to Seattle.

Phil said...

I've never seen the experience of being a dick so thoughtfully examined.

Chris said...

He's a regular Walt fucking Whitman...

vikkitikkitavi said...

From Rumsfeld's Gertrude Stein period:

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

Megan said...

Flannery - There's a lot of defense contractors in Seattle too, so he'll fit right in.

Phil - As Socrates reminds us, "the unexamined life is not worth living."

Chris - Aside from the fact that Whitman was kind of a pacifist, you mean?

Vikki - Also a good one.