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Speaking in complete sentences

Sunday, December 18, 2005
Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense, is a guy a lot of people's opinions are divided over. I will give this to him, though: He is interesting to listen to. In his latest interview he poses some interesting points. (He also shows he can speak in complete sentences, unlike others in the current administration.)

Melissa Block interviews him and she asks some pretty direct questions. Secretary Rumsfeld answers them without beating around the bush, which I respect. But he also finds a way to put a positive spin on the same facts or offers a couterpoint to a negative question. In fact, Ms. Block asks several "negative" questions in a row about problems here and there and Secretary Rumsfeld actually almost explodes with frustration, which seems geniune enough. He points out that there's a lot of negativity in the press (we call it cynicism) and really tries to highlight some of the "good things" that are happening over in Iraq.

Being here and not there, it's often hard to know what the truth is. I suspect it's somewhere in the middle of everything we hear.


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