Donald Rumsfeld and his buddy Saddam Hussein shaking hands and smiling back in the 1980′s…
Where’d Iraq get that mustard gas and Taban nerve gas again? Huh. Anyone know?
Brendanx is a commenter over on FireDogLake and just recently he was waiting at the bus stop in DC with his son when he sees Donald Rumsfeld waiting at the same bus stop. Does Brendanx stay silent when he sees a war criminal in his midst? Are you kidding me!?! No way! He called Donald Rumsfeld ‘evil’ to his face with all the angst 8 years can bring!
Here’s the comment Brendanx first left on FireDogLake:
I hope you find this interesting. Your analyses are very important to my understanding of the world, so I wanted to share it on your blog.
This is way off the topic of the day, but is maybe pertinent to one of the overarching topics of this site, war criminals. It’s certainly vanity that leads me to post this, but also a kind of trepidation that makes me want to make at least a semi-public statement about a very disturbing public encounter I just had.
Donald Rumsfeld was standing at my bus stop this morning as I waited to take my boy to school. I’m still shaky. I confronted him and couldn’t control my anger. I had seen him once before walk by (his arm was in a sling then and he looked positively wizened, but this time he was hale and nattily dressed) but had been too flabbergasted to react. I wanted to be ready with something to say the next time, and had prepared myself, but couldn’t stay on script past “You think you can show your face in public among decent people?”. I became more vociferous and enraged the longer it went: mass murderer, traitor, torturer, rapist of children….In fact, from my first words, when I saw Rumsfeld don an impenetrable smirk I consciously took the tack of yelling and loudly indicating his presence to everyone else; I wanted to enlist their help. Dismayingly my gentle fellow citizens didn’t intervene in any way, or were even outright hostile to me, although some people who witnessed the exchange from the bus comforted me afterwards, approvingly. Thankfully my kid was not overly disturbed, and seemed even cheerful after I explained that Rumsfeld is a wicked man who started a war, like Sauron or Saruman, but that he was not a danger to us. I’m frankly not positive about the latter assertion.
Anyway, he did respond at a couple of points. One insidious tactic was to comment on my kid — I don’t remember his exact words, but it was something to the effect that he would be messed up by having such a crazy father, which bait I took and responded, “He has to learn the difference between good and evil.” The other was a surprising statement, the inverse of the “I vuz only taking orders”, uttered in a tone of bemused incredulity you’d recognize from his press conferences: “But I didn’t order those things.” I took that lie as an admission.
If you think this exchange did not happen, here’s what was reported on the Washington Post:
“….The former defense secretary was waiting for a long-delayed bus when a man in his late 30s with a young son got just inches from his face and started berating him over his handling of the war in Iraq — words like “warmonger,” “rapist” and “evil man” were heard by others at the stop. Rumsfeld stood stoically, not responding, so the man turned to the rest of the crowd and yelled at them for not joining him in heaping abuse. Then the man’s bus arrived (Rumsfeld was waiting for a different one) and that was that.”
I’m telling you…this is exactly what we Americans need to be doing every time we see one of the Bush Criminals on the streets. If they don’t get the justice and prison terms they deserve, then we Americans will make sure these assholes are looking over their shoulders for the angry masses for the rest of their lives! Sounds good to me!
Way to go, Brendanx!