Rumsfeld: Colin and Condi Got Off So Easy!

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There's just something about him that's different from Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Photo: Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, former Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has some complaints for the media. "The intellectual dishonesty on the part of the press is serious," he told author Brad Graham, who is coming out with By His Own Rules: The Story of Donald Rumsfeld. The man who helped fashion the Iraq War complained that among members of the press, there was "a strong incentive to be negative and dramatic." From a book excerpt in Time:

Part of the formula, Rumsfeld added, involved pillorying him along with Bush and Cheney but sparing Powell and Rice. As an example, he noted accusations that Bush and Cheney had lied about Saddam Hussein's possession of weapons of mass destruction in making the case for the invasion of Iraq. "They never say Colin Powell lied," Rumsfeld asserted. "They don't say Condi lied."


Of course, that's not true — the media has covered Rice and Powell's lies about Iraq plenty. (Remember when Condi was raked over the coals even in her secretary of State nomination hearings?) But, you know, thanks for making it racial, and all.

Donald Rumsfeld in Repose [Time]