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Donald Rumsfeld

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Born Saturday 9 July 1932

Professions: Businessman, Politician

Nationality: American

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There are a lot of people who lie and get away with it, and that's just a fact.

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Secretary Powell and I agree on every single issue that has ever been before this administration except for those instances where Colin's still learning.

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You're thinking of Eurpoe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's old Europe.

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Imagine, a September 11 with weapons of mass destruction. It's not 3,000. It's tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children.

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Our task, your task... is to try to connect the dots before something happens. People say, 'Well, where's the smoking gun?' Well, we don't want to see a smoking gun from a weapon of mass destruction.

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I can't tell you if the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks or five months, but it won't last any longer than that.

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If you develop rules, never have more than ten.

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The way to do well is to do well.

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Reduce the number of lawyers. They are like beavers - they get in the middle of the stream and dam it up.

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Prune - prune businesses, products, activities, people. Do it annually.

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Reduce the layers of management. They put distance between the top of an organization and the customers.

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When cutting staff at the Pentagon, don't eliminate the thin layer that assures civilian control.

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The Secretary of Defense is not a super General or Admiral. His task is to exercise civilian control over the Department for the Commander-in-Chief and the country.

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With the press there is no "off the record."

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Members of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate are not there by accident. Each managed to get there for some reason. Learn what it was and you will know something important about them, about our country and about the American people.

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Remember where you came from.

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Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.

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In politics, every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it.

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Politics is human beings; it's addition rather than subtraction.

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First rule of politics: you can't win unless you're on the ballot. Second rule: If you run, you may lose. And, if you tie, you do not win.

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