Magazine May 2, 2011, Issue


Donald Runsfeld, then–secretary of defense, briefs the media at the Pentagon, September 18, 2001. (Hyungwon Kang/Reuters)

Rebutting Garfinkle
The premise of Adam Garfinkle’s review of Donald Rumsfeld’s memoir Known and Unknown (April 4, 2011) is that Rumsfeld evades responsibility for large matters that did not go well by accepting responsibility for small matters that did not go well. To bolster this, Garfinkle mentions an incident in which I was supposedly involved. He writes that I “spoke with the secretary by phone” from Baghdad on the evening before the decision to disband the Iraqi army was announced. Garfinkle presents this as one piece of evidence that “Rumsfeld knew what was happening and approved it, without telling the president,

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