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Secretary of Defense (Pres. Bush Cabinet):
Donald Rumsfeld on the Issues

Donald Rumsfeld on Abortion

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Budget & Economy

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Civil Rights

  • Did not agree with Nixon’s or Agnew’s racism on 1971 tape. (Jan 2001)

Donald Rumsfeld on Corporations

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Crime

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Drugs

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Education

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Energy & Oil

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Environment

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Foreign Policy

  • Rumsfeld’s job: military solutions & disagree with Powell. (Aug 2004)
  • Sometimes leaders have to act without public consensus. (Jan 2001)

Donald Rumsfeld on Free Trade

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Government Reform

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Gun Control

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Health Care

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Homeland Security

  • 2002: Requiring prisoners to stand 8-10 hours is not torture. (Oct 2008)
  • 9/11: First response was to look for Iraq link. (Jul 2008)
  • Abu Ghraib guards had insufficient training and policies. (Aug 2004)
  • Abandon the “two major war” basis for size of military. (May 2001)
  • Boost defense spending by $200B over next 6 years. (Apr 2001)
  • Missile defense is a moral imperative. (Feb 2001)
  • MAD deterred in Cold War; now deter with missile defense. (Feb 2001)
  • North Korea & Iran could threaten US with nukes soon. (Jan 2001)
  • Deploy missile defense at home and for allies abroad. (Jan 2001)
  • Involve Russia in negotiations about SDI & nukes. (Jan 2001)
  • Agrees with Bush on 21st century military reforms. (Jan 2001)

    Abu Ghraib Reports

  • No policy of abuse, but Abu Ghraib shows high-level failure. (Aug 2004)
  • Report: Rumsfeld doubled allowable interrogation methods. (Aug 2004)
  • Abu Ghraib interrogators followed inconsistent orders. (Aug 2004)
  • Abu Ghraib report: Need more definitions and reform. (Aug 2004)
  • Fay report: Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse was physical & sexual. (Aug 2004)
  • Abu Ghraib MPs told by interrogators to “set the conditions”. (Aug 2004)
  • Fay Report: relieve from command officers at Abu Ghraib. (Aug 2004)

Donald Rumsfeld on Immigration

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Jobs

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Principles & Values

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Social Security

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on Tax Reform

No stance on record.

Donald Rumsfeld on War & Peace

  • 2004: Remaining violence is thugs & pockets of dead-enders. (Oct 2008)
  • 2002: "Iraq has WMDs"; 2003: We never said Iraq had nukes. (Oct 2008)
  • 2003: Several hundred thousand troops is far off the mark. (Oct 2008)
  • 2003: We know where WMDs are, around Tikrit & Baghdad. (Oct 2008)
  • Ridiculed Shinseki for saying Iraq needed greater manpower. (Mar 2008)
  • Garner: key mistakes were disbanding army & deBaathification. (Oct 2006)
  • Replaced Powell’s “Overwhelming Force” with “Less is More”. (Oct 2006)
  • Briefed on risks & dangers before war; but shut down dissent. (Oct 2006)
  • Rumsfeld says there are ties between Iraq & Al-Qaida. (Oct 2004)
  • Clarke: Rumsfeld took advantage of 9-11 to push Iraq agenda. (Mar 2004)
  • No decent targets in Afghanistan, so bomb Iraq. (Mar 2004)
  • Legal ban on assassinations limits pursuit of bin Laden. (Nov 2001)
  • Expect terrorists to get bio, chem, & nuke weapons. (Oct 2001)
  • Balkans shows that NATO needs to upgrade. (Feb 2001)

    Iraq Survey Group Report

  • Saddam’s goal was to end sanctions then restart WMD program. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam’s focus for WMDs was tactical use on Iran & Israel. (Oct 2004)
  • UN sanctions hurt Saddam militarily and politically. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam used Oil For Food program to bank $11 billion. (Oct 2004)
  • 1991 Desert Storm & UN sanctions destroyed Saddam’s missiles. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam’s nuclear program decayed after Desert Storm. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam wanted chemical weapons but industry was destroyed. (Oct 2004)
  • Saddam had biological weapons capability but no weapons. (Oct 2004)

Donald Rumsfeld on Welfare & Poverty

No stance on record.