Betrayed Donald Rumsfeld Breaks Up With NY Times On Twitter

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Donald Rumsfeld has a lot of old man angst these days, and of course the recent 9/11 anniversary did not help. He was crying in his room listening to the saddest Justin Bieber song there is, when he picked up his New York Times and began to read. He did not like the words that he saw on the page.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Monday canceled his subscription to The New York Times after columnist Paul Krugman characterized the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as “an occasion for shame.”

Rumsfeld tweeted, “After reading Krugman’s repugnant piece on 9/11, I canceled my subscription to the New York Times this AM.”

Krugman, in a post on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on Sunday, wrote, “What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful.”

“The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue,” wrote Krugman on his Times blog.

Rumsfeld, who served under presidents George W. Bush and Gerald Ford, reportedly tweets for himself.

He has had issues with the Times over the last year.

Oh, like perhaps this issue, which the New York Times enjoyed. But who subscribes to newspapers anymore, really? Come on, Ronald, it’s Twenty Eleven! The only news that matters comes from the Bible and maybe your iPad. [POLITICO]

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115 comments

  1. Barb

    Rumsfeld waiting for weapons of mass destruction to be found was pretty pathetic. It was like watching Linus, waiting for The Great Pumpkin to show up in the pumpkin patch.

    1. zhubajie

      An Italian colleague assumed from the start of the invasion that the Bushies would fake some WMD, then "discover" them. Little did he know how incompetent and self-deluded the Bushies were!

      1. mumbly_joe

        I remember, back in my freshman year in college, it was obvious we were going to invade no matter what, because Bush was effectively demanding that Hussein prove a negative. "Prove you don't have WMD! By, I dunno, taking them all to a parking lot and destroying them in front of us!" Even though that would actually mean you had them all along actually, and would be impossible to do if you didn't have any! I had literal flashbacks of my insane mother accusing me of being on drugs, and demanding to 'prove I wasn't' by flushing them down the toilet in front of her, only a more deliberately unmeetable demand.

        It wasn't very hard to read a "screw the facts, I'm going to invade no matter what" into the way those demands were constructed. My girlfriend at the time disagreed, but I was always the more socially perceptive of the two fo us, despite being autistic.

        1. Pristine_ODummy

          Wow, your mom too, huh? I wonder if insanity is triggered by childbearing, in certain cases. By all accounts she was a reasonable person before she started sprogging (mine, not yours) and somehow turned into a mean crazy insane witch who used to move the furniture up against the door at night in case we kids were secretly plotting to kill her.

          Well, we *were,* but being bookish, unathletic types, we never really got beyong the "plotting" stage. You'd think she would have known that.

          1. Dashboard_Jesus

            ouch, and when I was a teen I thought MY mom was nuts, all a matter of perspective I guess? (of course she had this book called 'I'm OK/ You're OK' on her nitestand but I always KNEW she didn't think I was OK!)

          2. Pristine_ODummy

            Any time they start with that "I'm OK, You're [var]," you can pretty much replace [var] with [fucked].

        2. Dashboard_Jesus

          LOL, I love this comment…pretty dang perceptive for a young 'un ain't ya ( I always 'assumed' you were much older, cuz of yer wise ass comments of course :)

  2. OKthennext

    "But no terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq."
    Rumsfeld. Hearing Before the House Armed Services Committee, September 10, 2002

    "You and a few other critics are the only people I've heard use the phrase immediate threat. I didn't, the president didn't. And it's become kind of folklore that that's what's happened."
    Rumsfeld. CBS Face the Nation, March 14, 2004

    Yes, Rumsfeld, you are exactly who Krugman was talking about.

  3. Doktor Zoom

    Gee. When I read Krugman's blog post, I thought it was very good. But knowing that it caused Donald Rumsfeld some agitation makes me think it may have been great.

    EDIT: I see that Krugman has a follow-up post

    1. GhostBuggy

      "Muslims weren’t lynched, and neither were dissenters, and that was something of which we can all be proud."

      This is what we have come to, in this country. "Well, there wasn't any racial cleansing, so let's call this one even."

      1. Negropolis

        Does everyone forget the convience store clerks shot after 9/11? Yeah, there wasn't some kind of widespread violence, but there was a helluva lot of ethnic intimidation in the days and months following 9/11, which is not even to mention the social tension that remains to this day greater than before the attacks.

        1. V572 T-Blow

          Here in San Diego some idiot gym teacher (but I repeat myself) encouraged his student-athletes to go beat up some Muslims, so of course they did. Never forget!

          1. horsedreamer_1

            Nice to see my tenth grade phys. ed. teacher kept up his spirits in retirement in sunny San Diego.

            Mourn ye 'til I join ye, Dan G—–.

        2. Pristine_ODummy

          Some guy who was out with a group of his friends and their girlfriends (one of whom was a Muslin) got killed by a bunch of punks not too far from where I live.

  4. SorosBot

    Ah, poow Wumsfeld got his feewings huwt by the one pundit in the mainstream media who's willing to actually be honest and not just give the beltway conventional wisdom. I feel so bad for him, when all he deserves is to rot in a jail cell for the rest of his life as the war criminal that he is.

  5. GhostBuggy

    Jesus fucking Christ, this guy…what a fucking world it is when someone like him gets to preen around hawking his awful, blood-soaked book and acting offended at a goddamn Krugman column instead of being led of in manacles to a hole in the ground, to rot, forever. Fuck.

  6. SorosBot

    WAR! Oh, good god, y'all, what is it good for? Lots and lots of profits; if you're this douche, or Dick Cheney!

    1. SudsMcKenzie

      Donald H. Rumsfeld $62,090,106 , $5 million were from Tamiflu. I remember when he had to set everything up in a blind trust when he was the secretary of killing haji's. On the official forms he estimated his worth somewhere in between 10 and 60 million. I always laughed at the "somewhere in between".

  7. Doktor Zoom

    Vehement upfists to Mr. Newell over at the Gwarkerr for this, too, also:

    But this: "The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame." Really? The mature adult brain, on a day of memorialization, should still be able to remember the 3,000 deaths on 9/11 and respond, "this was a sad thing that happened," without becoming subsumed with the bitterness of political violation.

    1. johnnyzhivago

      No matter how you look at it 9/11 is a giant clusterfuck and this country is just not figuring out how to get beyond it. It really has been the anchor that is sinking this boat.

    2. ShaveTheWhales

      I'm afraid that Jim is reacting a little too personally to Krugman's comment. I certainly agree with his statement about what the "mature adult brain" should be able to do, and I presume that he is describing his own view of his own brain. But the sad fact is that ten years of jingoism, fear-mongering, and right-wing partisanship has modified the brains of a significant number of our compatriots in ways that preclude such rational behavior.

      This is not restricted to the far-right nutballs. I know quite a few otherwise normal people, well into the center of the political spectrum, who appear to be unable to contemplate the events of 9/11 without becoming "patriotically" (as in USA!USA!Kicksumass!Bringiton!) aroused. I believe that it is in this sense that Krugman uses the words "irrevocably poisoned", and I agree with him.

        1. ShaveTheWhales

          I think you may have missed my point. I also have no trouble feeling sorrow for the victims and their families and friends. In my case, these feelings are not automatically accompanied by a desire for revenge on somebody. This is no longer true of many of our fellows.

    3. deanbooth

      I don't buy Newell's line. If the Bushies had used 9/11 as an excuse to kill 100,000 Americans, would it still be reasonable to ask people to focus on the 3,000? I guess killing brown foreigners doesn't really count as much.

      1. horsedreamer_1

        Have you looked at Gawker Media, lately? There's that one Asian dude, but otherwise… We have Tom Scocca's Gen X variation on James Fallows* at Deadspin, the American auto fetishism at Jalopnik, & the First World Women's Problems at Jezebel.

        Yeah, the browns don't count for much.

        *Fallows is great, by the way. Quite possibly the only reason to read The Atlantic, anymore.

      2. KenLayIsAlive

        I'm with you entirely.

        Add to that that I find Gawker to be a complete piece of shit, trafficking in the worst kind of pseudo right wing mockery of anything slightly radical, like wikileaks, or this statement by Krugman. Newell has about zero fucking right to insult someone who has put his ass on the line like Krugman… calling him immature?

        For fucks sake, one voice in a million that ins't about "Oh, the heroes…" and this minor league hipster dipshit comes out to grandstand against it instead of taking a stand against the right wing sociopaths who guided us to self destruction, and continue to do so through, and with, these 10th anniversary "remembrances" and "terror scares".

        Give me a fucking break dude.

          1. KenLayIsAlive

            Well, if anyone can defend an above-it-all centrist taking a stand for… themselves? it's you Chet.

            Millions of voices out there attacking Krugman for what he said. Newell rightly writes about the attacks on Krugman, and then decides… to pile it on. Good showing! He can certainly feel secure that he won't be one to be branded anti-patriotic. He can certainly feel secure that he is a mature adult, while anyone else who is trying to speak out against a decade of bullshit is somehow … immature. What a brave stand he has taken in defense of … his own hipster ego. It's really pathetic.

            If Krugman is immature, then Newell is a sperm and an egg on opposite sides of the country.

    1. arihaya

      you know the story of evil person who gain vigor and eternal youth by sacrificing a lot of people, don't you?

  8. flamingpdog

    Rumsfeld tweeted, “After reading Krugman’s repugnant piece on 9/11, I canceled my subscription to the New York Times this AM.”

    What's Bumsfelt complaining about? Hasn't he been a member of the Repugnantcan Party all his life?

    1. Doktor Zoom

      Needz moar Hoekstra: This is just like when Martin Luther, sick of the corruption of the priesthood, nailed his 95 theses to the church door.

      1. Negropolis

        This is just like Rosa Parks sick of being considered less than, defied a racist bus driver's demand to give up her seat on the bus.

      2. V572 T-Blow

        This is like when Barack Obama, fed up with Republican demagoguery on taxes, told America that the rich had purchased the government to put to their own purposes.

        Wait, you mean that hasn't happened?

  9. Radiotherapy®

    Tomorrow at the NYT's daily management briefing:
    We've lost another subscriber.
    ZOMG! The metrics!
    Isn't the customer always right?!
    Of course, We've got to do some service recovery.
    I'll call Krugman…he has just got to tone it down, or kaput!
    I'll call Secretary Rumsfeld's people, we cannot have any bad publicity!
    Here's some good news though: Rummy hasn't cancelled his on-line subscription.
    Do we need damage control consultants?
    Yes.
    Where is our Kaizen?
    (The NYT's Kaizen guy enters stage left).
    He says, "Kaizen: The management concept for incremental (gradual, continuous) change (improvement)."

  10. fartknocker

    Rumsfeld is a fuck up. He should have hired Rick Perry for Deputy Undersecretary for Killing Innocents Because Collateral Damage is the Fog of War.

    Wolfawitz, the previous Secretary of Defense he replaced who went to the UN, fucked his girlfriend, gave her a job, pissed of the natives, and then lost his job and faded into obscurity.

    I am giving Wolfawitz some street credibility. High profile job, pussy with a pension. Old Rummy apparently couldn't think outside the box. I hope Donald wakes up every morning with bleeding gums and a swollen tongue. Yeah, I hate that arrogant fuck.

    Hell, he wasn't smart enough to write a book to try to correct history. Shitstain on democracy is how I will present Rumsfield.

  11. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    Perhaps it is fitting for our age that 9/11 will go down both representing the best in this nation, and also the worse.

    Newell's sentiment is right: it would be nice if we only remembered the tragedy of that day and the true heroics of the average citizen as they responded to that tragedy.

    But Krugman is right: a part of this country took the tragedy and ran that bitch into the ground for their political gain.

    Such is modern America.

  12. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    You would think that by now Rumsfield would learn the value of not limiting your information sources to only those that agree with you.

  13. Negropolis

    I don't get these men. These men are awfully loud for men that should be thanking the baby Jeebus they ain't on trial and in prison. If I give Dubya credit for one thing (and Condi and Powell, too), it's shutting the fuck up after his presidency, which is really the very least he could have done for us.

    It's really kind of maddening that he is taking offense to anything. If anyone should be taking offense to anything, it's the American and Iraqi people he was instrumental in victmizing again and again and again and again.

  14. Redhead

    Eh. He'll cancel his subscription, in ten years, after he's died and his kids have inherited it, because he spent that entire time looking for the weapons of mass miscommunication that he swore up and down Krugman was hiding in the article.

  15. Naked_Bunny

    Should I beware Rumsfeld donning eye shadow and posting a weepy YouTube video demanding that people leave 9/11 alone?

  16. baconzgood

    "There are known read papers; these are papers we know we read.
    We also know there are known ununread papers; that is to say we know there are some papers we do not read.
    But there are also unknown unread papers – the ones we don't know if we read."

    -Rummy-

  17. V572 T-Blow

    Media criticism and war failures aside (such as firing anyone who planned for what would happen after they reached Baghdad) Rumsfeld has many other crimes to his credit.

    (1) He undermined his Army secretary (Eric Shinseki, a genuine war hero) by announcing his replacement 18 months before his two-year term was up. Not sure this was before or after he dispatched Wolfowitz to humiliate Shinsecki in congress by disputing the Army secretary's estimate of the number of occupying forces that would be required in Iraq (Shinsecki: "hundreds of thousands"; Wolfie: "Wildly off the mark.")

    (2) He conflated war spending with normal operations and maintenance spending so thoroughly that anyone who opposed building a new commissary at Fort Riley was unpatriotic and wanted soldiers to die.

    (3) He abused the chain of command by tramping around the Pentagon issuing orders to underlings on scraps of paper distributed so frequently they were called "snowflakes." Everyone, including apparently his own staff, quickly learned that he never followed up and threw them away.

    (4) He reorganized the Army in an expensive and pointless new way that generated enormous facility requirements that are still being built and will go on being built for another five years or so. He insisted on doing the reorganization before the facilities were in place, thus necessitating billions being spent on trailers (air conditioned, Dr Paul) for them to work in until the new facilities were complete.

    (5) Like Condi and other loyal Bushies, he's been allowed to get away with justifying the Iraq war by saying, "That was the intelligence at the time," when in fact their job was to get better intelligence, and their failure to do is shameful.

    (6) He kicked off another pointless building boom by insisting that thousands of DoD civilians working leased office space in and around DC be moved onto Fort Belvoir and Fort Meade no matter what the cost.

    (7) Walter Reed.

    He was and is always will be a totally un-self-aware dickhead whose opinion of himself is unaccountably untarnished by reality.

  18. mumbly_joe

    This is the same Rumsfeld who called those who compared our chargeless torture prison in Gitmo to the gulag, and also other critics of that war of aggression in Iraq, morally and intellectually confused Nazi-appeasers. So, really, there's no way the people Krugman was talking about include him, specifically.

    Hey Rummy: in the words of your actual boss, go fuck yourself.

    1. weejee

      And after teh Rummies cranked-up the 'enhanced techniques,' info from a fellah name of Abu Zubaydah, and the others, just dried-up. For Christ's sake, the fact that Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times should tell you something about how well it was working! Also, career top military leaders, including Shinseki, who V572 discuss in his fine post above, were not warm and fuzzy with tossing the Geneva convention in the trash, recognizing that turnabout is fair play.

      1. mumbly_joe

        But anyway, the point is this: weep for poor Don Rumsfeld, who oversaw the mass disappearance without charges of hundreds of innocent people, and also oversaw the torture of dozens of men (leading to the deaths of at least a dozen), a number of whom were citizens of America or her allies, and who also managed to destroy the careers of numerous actually patriotic Americans who pointed out that we were doing these things and it was illegal and wrong, while comparing them to people who enabled Nazis, but who once time, had to read something mean someone said about him, on the Internet.

  19. weejee

    Forgetting the human cost, and the cost to the economies and infrastructures of Iraq & Afghanistan, we are at $1.2 trillion and counting of our tax Ameros.

    Didn't see our esteemed Rethug candidates, save Dr. Rep. Paul, make any point of that link and the deficit. Just sayin'.

    1. KeepFnThatChicken

      There was a point late in the debate when he brought up the introspective idea that the U.S. actually provoked 9/11, and he damn near got booed off the stage. It's hard to get batshit crazy people to listen when they're ignoring these truths and cheering the death of poors.

    2. Pristine_ODummy

      That estimate is very, very off the mark. According to Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz and his colleague Linda Bilmes, the *actual* cost of that war is $3.y trillion AND COUNTING. Stiglitz holds that we cannot accurately estimate the ongoing health care costs involved in serving the veterans of both wars, especially since the military was contesting many vets' claims for PTSD over the past decade. Those costs have not yet been totaled. http://threetrilliondollarwar.org/

  20. ttommyunger

    Don Rumsfeld, creator of the standing workspace. Does not have a chair at his desk, you know. The real reason? Being 100% ass, he just can't figure out what to sit on.

  21. fletc3her

    What a diva. The New York Times says something he doesn't like and he says I'm going to take my $7.40 a week and show them! I bet the phone call was hilarious. Imagine Donald Rumsfeld canceling his subscription like any wingnut and yelling at the operator, "Do you know who I am?!". Awesome.

  22. Tundra Grifter

    Considering who was Secretary of DEFENSE on September 11, 2001, I think America should cancel its subscription to Donald Rumsfeld.

    And – here's an idea. Next time we go to war, how about having a plan for what we do after we WIN!

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