Rumsfeld's "What Did Not Happen" In Iraq, Most Of Which Ultimately Did

Abby Zimet

In July 2004, as the Iraq War spiraled out of control, a beleaguered Donald Rumsfeld drew up a "What Did Not Happen?" memo - mass Iraqi casualties, surge in terror recruitments, Shi'a holy sites damaged, Iraq descends into anarchy - to make himself feel and look better. Then, most of those things happened. Among the Monty Python-esque revelations from Gawker under a Freedom of Information Act request: Rumsfeld casually suggests "new regimes" in "one (or two)" Mideast countries, his less than brilliant observations the U.S. has "a stake in (Afghanistan) not failing" and "Korea doesn't seem to be going well," and his glibly reprehensible take on killing civilians: "I have a high tolerance level for possible error," after which over 1,000 Afghan civilians were in fact killed by U.S. bombs. It must be said: Why is this moral and intellectual failure of a human being not in prison?


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