There are still known unknowns

February 8, 2009 at 2:00 am Leave a comment

Seems that the masterful poet, Donald Rumsfeld (he of “there are known unknowns” fame), has encountered a real unknown – a Metro system bus. Rummy tried (and failed) to catch a public bus in Washington DC (eh? he’s sunk to the depths of the public transport system now?). Old Donald was waiting for the No. 42 bus at Dupont Circle. In his hand was a plastic SmarTrip card, a rechargeable fare card used on DC’s metro system.

Now, let’s remember that Rumsfeld was the former Secretary of Defense (how could we forget?). He was perfectly capable of launching an invasion into Iraq but seems the intricacies of how to catch a public bus are way beyond him. Apparently, he was standing alone (yeah, well I for one wouldn’t wish to stand next to him) at the 42 Metrobus bus stop looking at his card (probably wondering what the hell to do with it). Along came a bus, packed with people. So Rummy took off and walked down the hill. Guess he was too distracted, thinking about his memoirs that will hit book shelves in 2010.

And speaking of a fall from grace old dudes, hasn’t Dick Cheney left office? You wouldn’t think so reading this story. The former VP has been busy giving interviews and warning that there is a high probability that terrorists will launch a catastrophic nuclear or biological attack and that Obama’s administration will make it easier for said terrorists. Cheney is fretting about the release of “hard core terrorists” from Gitmo and refers to Guantanamo as a “first-class program” (in what? torture?).

He went on to bleat: “The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected. Sometimes, that requires us to take actions that generate controversy. I’m not at all sure that that’s what the Obama administration believes.”

Really. This tired old dude just needs to ride off into the sunset. We’ve had enough of this rhetoric about war, fear and terrorists about to pounce. Let Obama do what he can now that we are breathing in an atmosphere of hope and change. Go off and retire somewhere far, far, far away PLEASE. NOW.

Image credits: Huffington Post and Foreign Policy.

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