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Krugman writes: "How many of our professional pundits - people who should have understood very well what was happening - took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?"

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testifies before the federal panel reviewing the September 11 attacks in Washington, DC, 03/23/04. (photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld testifies before the federal panel reviewing the September 11 attacks in Washington, DC, 03/23/04. (photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Rumsfeld Cancels NY Times Over Krugman 9/11 Blog

By Paul Krugman, The Conscience of a Liberal

12 September 11

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tweeted his outrage over a Paul Krugman blog titled 'The Years of Shame.' Rumsfeld's tweet: 'After reading Krugman's repugnant piece on 9/11, I cancelled my subscription to the New York Times this AM.' Rumsfeld reportedly tweets for himself. See the full text of Krugman's blog below. -- JPS/RSN


The Years of Shame

s it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

Actually, I don't think it's me, and it's not really that odd.

What happened after 9/11 - and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not - was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits - people who should have understood very well what was happening - took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

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+230 # nice2blucky 2011-09-12 14:07
"I'm not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons."

Because you said it all?

Or because we have a polarized citizenry, who react, with vitriol and inane, inflammatory rhetoric, not to what is said -- or the meaning behind words -- but to the perception that our chosen side is being slighted?
+29 # kalpal 2011-09-13 03:21
Why encourage venomous vituperation to flood cyberspace any more than it already does?

We all know exactly what the reaction from the evil right wing is going to be.

Attacking Afghanistan is doing god's work because god happens to be impotent right now and Saddam Hussein and Iraq deserved what they got because Georgie Porgy was upset at the rumor that Saddam tried to put a hit on Poppie.
+415 # babaregi 2011-09-12 14:16
Yes, as time passes, more and more people will realize how this event has been milked for political and economic reasons.
+462 # Activista 2011-09-12 14:21
thanks Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner - YES - 911 became marketing campaign - justification for doubling US military budget and militarism bankrupting USA.
Can you call Obama and have 5 minute talk with him - please!
+447 # lindyb 2011-09-12 14:32
Paul Krugman is absolutely right in everything he said. Rumsfeld is outraged because he knows it's all true.
+285 # adrienneparks 2011-09-12 14:52
I concur whole heartedly. You nailed it.
+334 # Inland Jim 2011-09-12 15:26
Poor Donny... doesn't like the known knowns.
+301 # Barbara K 2011-09-12 15:44
Gee, do ya think Rumsfield is afraid his butt will end up in jail where he should be? I bet they have room for him at Gitmo.
+169 # Erdajean 2011-09-12 16:34
Daggone right -- if there is any justice in this world (and there sure WILL be, in the next!) Rummy and the others of the Unholy Trinity -- Little George and his handler Dicky -- will get theirs. What gall for that jerk to call attention to himself by attacking Krugman --for telling the absolute truth. And that truth likely ain't the half of it.
+46 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-12 21:49
Obama keeps trying to figure out what to do about Gitmo, and the prisoners there. I suggest that Bushco be sent there after their convictions ... and that the current residents should become their jailers.
-21 # RLF 2011-09-13 06:44
Keep dreaming...Obam a should be there too for his war crimes and torture.

Didn't Dante reserve one of the inner most rings of hell for those that were in a position to do the most and did not!
+162 # megastew 2011-09-12 15:45
Every time someone says, "Never forget," I'm tempted to reply, "Forget what?"
+166 # DLT888 2011-09-12 16:29
Quoting megastew:
Every time someone says, "Never forget," I'm tempted to reply, "Forget what?"

Me, too. Not to talk churchy, but we had a good talk by the minister about this yesterday in church. He asked the same question. Does "never forget" mean we hold onto anger and keep wars going? Or should "never forget" mean that we have the dark side in all of us and that we must never let that side of us rule our world. I liked the comparison.
+75 # futhark 2011-09-12 18:14
Proverbs 29:11
A stupid man gives free rein to his anger;
a wise man waits and lets it grow cool.
0 # tm7devils 2011-09-19 21:05
Without anger the repuglicans and their elite 2% would be running the show as they see fit...and the rest of us would just be "one, big, unhappy family"
Maybe anger needs to have free rein...
+8 # Lolanne 2011-09-14 13:35
What I will never forget is the shameful way this tragedy was politically exploited to get us into an illegal, immoral war, and the way we all rolled over and played dead and let it happen. Yes, we all have a dark side. I think in the aftermath of 9/11, the dark side of the entire country took over. And how much blood has been spilled as a result! Bush and co. has much for which to atone, as do we all for allowing them to have their way and send us on such a downward spiral.
+62 # Pikewich 2011-09-12 18:50
Well, we could say never forget they did get the "Pearl Harbor" they needed to launch the country into a full fledged empire building war machine. (From the document "Rebuilding America's Strategic Defenses", in the publications asection of the wesite The Project for a New American Century", of which Rummy is a signatory, Signatures at the end of the statement of principals:
Elliott Abrams,, Gary Bauer, William J. Bennett, Jeb Bush
Dick Cheney, Eliot A. Cohen, Midge Decter, Paula Dobriansky, Steve Forbes
Aaron Friedberg, Francis Fukuyama, Frank Gaffney, Fred C. Ikle
Donald Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, I. Lewis Libby, Norman Podhoretz
Dan Quayle, Peter W. Rodman, Stephen P. Rosen, Henry S. Rowen
Donald Rumsfeld, Vin Weber, George Weigel, Paul Wolfowitz)
+266 # James Wilson 2011-09-12 15:46
Let’s take a look at what really happened to us Americans as a collective whole. After 9-11, we, as a country, decided to go to war with Iraq. This sequence is no accident. Our government pitched rumors (obviously false) about “weapons of mass destruction” and of hints about that country having ties to Al Qaeda (also false). However, via the infinite wisdom of Rove, Cheney, and Bush (the order provided is intentional), the decision was made to go to war. Leaving aside the publicly advertised rational of tyrant liberation, perpetuation of democracy, and as part of our war against terrorism, what better way to vent the nation’s anger, all the while gaining control and access to all that wonderful, valuable, black gooey stuff we call “oil”. In addition to resolving the personal Bush family vendetta, George W. himself became empowered with all the benefits and additional powers of becoming a “war president”. As a special psychological benefit, the majority of the population in that country just happened to be: yes, the “M” word - Muslim! Brilliant – a win for the masses and a win for the ruling elite, all rolled into one. (I can almost envision the bulleted Powerpoint presentation Cheney must have used when he sold this crap to the rest of the Bush Administration. The presentation was likely titled: How to Make 9-11 A Win-Win for All!)
+29 # Bill Clements 2011-09-12 20:49
Yo James! You nailed it!
+32 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-13 00:59
You left out the part about Rove convincing Bush that he should attack Afghanistan as a prelude to Iraq, rather than accept the offer of the Taliban leader to turn bin Laden and other members of al Qaida over to the US or the international Criminal Court for prosecution. _Rove_ made the decision to go to war, because he _knew_ that, up until 9/11, Bush's presidency was a failure.

Considering that Bush needed _some_ kind of boost, most of the people involved in the attacks were Saudi, The Saudi Royal Family have been long-time personal friends of the Bushes, members of the bin Laden family were allowed to leave the US on a private charter while all other civilian air traffic was still grounded, they stopped hunting for bin Laden in deference to the invasion of Iraq, and Bush quietly removed American troops from Saudi Arabia within a year, I see many unanswered pieces of the puzzle that make me wonder just how much involvement the Bush administration had in the events of that day. I would _NOT_ put it beyond the CIA to have been involved ... George HW Bush still had a lot of pull with The Agency that he used to head, before becoming VP under Raygun.
+23 # geohunt1 2011-09-13 11:23
And don't forget, the neo-cons sent Colin Powell to the UN Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003 to plead for Un approval of the US invasion of Iraq. They did NOT get it. The US ignored the UN direction and invaded Iraq unilaterally anyway. No natio could be more wrong that the US was on that day. The neo-cons should all be in jail NOW! Let's put them there.
+7 # X Dane 2011-09-14 02:29
James Wilson, it is intersting that you mention the benefits and additional power Bush grabbed....... Sometime ago I was reading remarks Bush made, just before running for the presidency,


It sure as hell isn't working for this country, Iraq or the world.

9-11 was a tailor-made??? excuse for him to grab the power. He always loved to say that he was a war president and hardly ever spoke publickly without a huge upbacking of soldiers behind him.
+194 # bharshav 2011-09-12 16:01
Of course, Krugman is right (as he usually is). The egregious use of 9/11 for political and economic gain is reflected clearly in the shameful way we have treated the first responders who haven't been able to get help for their medical conditions. The "amazing grace" we've heard all weekend was reserved for the quartet of Rove, Bush Cheney and Rumsfeld.
+45 # Bill Clements 2011-09-12 20:51
Yes, shameful that no one yesterday had the courage to make a case for these first responders who have been thrown to the wayside!
+31 # susienoodle 2011-09-12 22:25
at least Jon Stewart has their interests at heart. He's the only one tho. I was surprised Rummy even subscribed to the NY Times, no great loss to their subscriber base.
+7 # Cailleach 2011-09-14 09:52
Have you read the Project for a New American Century? 9/11 was an inside job, used to boost the MIC and produce huge fortunes for the signers of that hideous document. I know you will blow me off as a "truther," but I have done considerable research on the subject and the evidence, once you really consider it, is irrefutable. The motive? MONEY and POWER!
+90 # WarrenM 2011-09-12 16:06
As if this ding-dong has the intellect to actually comprehend what is written in the Times. Hey Donny-boy, good move, don't waste your money on the Time's - stick to the 'Dick and Jane', Post, Inquirer, or Reader's digest.
+206 # genierae 2011-09-12 16:06
Bless you Paul Krugman, thank you for all the good truth that you tell. The New York Times is very fortunate to have you!
+43 # varney 2011-09-12 16:23
I guess he really REALLY wanted to comment.
+174 # DLT888 2011-09-12 16:26
LOL! I love that Rumsfeld got all huffy and cancelled his NY Times subscription over Krugman's blog! That makes me feel more certain that Krugman was RIGHT ON THE NOSE on what he said in the blog but Rumsfeld can't take the truth. Boo hoo Rummy. Take the truth like a man, coward.
+118 # Raging Granny 2011-09-12 16:27
It rather indicates the level of Rumfeld's intelligence that the only thing he can think of to do his cancel his subscription! A letter, perhaps, with real words?
+2 # DarthEVaderCheney 2011-09-13 14:47
Read? READ? General Halftrack could read???
Be sure and have YOUR favorite neocon/American christian Taliban politiian spayed AND neutered! (Just to make sure!)
+2 # DarthEVaderCheney 2011-09-13 14:56
Read?? READ??? General Halftrack can read???
Be sure and have your favorite neocon/American christian Taliban/politic ian spayed AND neutered! (JUST to make sure!)
+205 # SUEC716 2011-09-12 16:30
So that's one less ASS who reads the Times?

He should be at The Hague on trail for war crimes and until that day there is absolutely NOTHING he says that merits my attention!
+68 # bewildered 2011-09-12 16:34
Budgets for war, making police more like soldiers against citizenry, More and more who can't afford healthcare. Profits are up.
+59 # CL38 2011-09-12 16:44
Rumsfeld has never hesitated to show disdain for anyone who disagreed with his views.

Look in the mirror Rumsfeld and face what you did to the lives of millions, without a flicker of care for those you harmed or killed. You need to apologize to the country and the world.

Thank you Paul Krugman for speaking truth to corrupted power. You said out loud what most Americans think.

Too bad you don't have the power to water-board us all, eh Rumsfeld.
+161 # MEBrowning 2011-09-12 16:53
Interesting, isn't it, that in the year before the next presidential election, Cheney, Bush, Rummy et al. suddenly raise up their little insect heads out of oblivion and denounce Krugman, Obama, non-Republicans , the majority of the American people, and anyone else they can think of to justify their criminal activities. Cheney castigates Powell in his book. W takes credit for bin Laden's death. Now Rummy (gasp!) cancels his NYT subscription when Paul Krugman dares to write what we all know anyway. These guys read "1984" and sided with the villain. Orwell is spinning in his grave, and the rest of us still have to contend with a pack of thugs who should be in prison on a host of charges, starting with sedition.
+16 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-12 23:11
I usually reserve the word "thug" for the TeaTHUGliKKKlan s in Congress. The Bushite reaction to 9-11 was no different than if they had been a bully on the schoolyard playground ... and all of them probably _were_ schoolyard bullies when they were children ... or maybe they still _are_ children.
+1 # CL38 2011-09-16 23:29
Love the image you described so well of "suddenly raising their little insect heads"!
+173 # teineitalia 2011-09-12 17:04
Donald Rumsfeld is one of the most shameful characters in the history of our nation. He should be cancelling his subscription to the Times from a jail cell lit by a naked bulb with a hole in the floor and a metal mattress... and then they should take everything he owns away from him and donate it to widows and orphans who lost everything because of his egregious lies and astonishing hubris.

To Mr. Krugman I say, Thank you and bless you and keep speaking truth to power. You struck a chord here and it resonates far and wide.
+27 # susienoodle 2011-09-12 22:28
In keeping with your suggestion, it's only fair they take everything away from Cheney and W as well, they have more $$.
If only there was justice.
+21 # Dick Huopana 2011-09-13 07:37
There is a ready means for bringing to justice the Bush administration criminals. Unfortunately, President Obama, Congress, our national/local news media and, yes, we the American people (especially Republicans) don't seem to think justice and accountability apply to the criminal acts of those we elect. Our country's social/cultural values and reputation have been terribly - and historically - scarred.
+59 # PatriotPaul 2011-09-12 17:09
It all comes down to fear and our country is filled with many PLIFs.*

*People Living In Fear

A reference to conservative or fundamentalist followers of any religion that leads them to be fearful of any questioning of their religious doctrine or to be open to creative, new ideas. Because psychologically fear is such a crippling emotion, psychologically healthy people tend to try and control and recognize this in themselves. Those who don't tend to rely on more dictatorial or authoritarian leaders whether they be in the form of a political leader or their own chosen God.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"
+75 # universlman 2011-09-12 17:16
the gang of 4, bush, cheney, rumsfeld and wolfowitz have never and will never admit that the iraq war, or anything they ever did in power was a huge blunder

their denial would not end if we had the will to prosecute them but it warn others inclined to reckless abuses of power
+21 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-12 23:20
One of the most cowardly acts ever committed by a president was when Ford pardoned Nixon, enabling others to abuse power with no thought toward facing the consequences.

Obama's unwillingness to investigate their _admitted_ crimes is opening the door to even more abuse of power in the future ... and the fact that he is continuing many of Bush's illegal programs makes him one of the abusers, too.
+28 # Dick Huopana 2011-09-13 07:44
They didn't commit a "blunder." They "committed mass murder and destruction."
+63 # cynnibunny 2011-09-12 17:20
It is tiring and sad to suffer again through the endless posturing and reductive interpretations of the attack by a handful of self-righteous extremists on hundreds of innocent, ordinary New Yorkers.

The extremists in our country were allowed a monopoly on how we as a country responded. So a handful of self-righteous extremists exploited the 'patriotism' and economic need of thousands of American working-class, mostly minority service men and women to make millions and billions of dollars of profits on a protracted war.

How long must this go on before it's 'worth it'?
+66 # Peace Anonymous 2011-09-12 17:20
Professional Pundits???? In 2006 Stehen Colbert nailed it at the Whitehouse Correspondence Dinner when he addressed the crowd and congratulated them on doing a great job of telling both sides of the story - "The President's Side and the Vice-President' s Side. The truth must be one of the Unknown Unkowns. Can we please move past Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld...Unle ss of course I am reading about their trials.
+16 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-13 00:36
I wish Obama _would_ move past them, and start having the balls to create his own policies, FOR the People.

But at the same time he needs to investigate their crimes and prosecute them.
+90 # kayo 2011-09-12 17:21
In my opinion, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, plus a few others, are war criminals for the illegal things they caused, and guilty of whatever crime it can be called legally, for not acting on the advance warnings they had of something about to happen. It is disgusting that they are able to run free.
+70 # bonniect 2011-09-12 17:21
As my mother used to say, "A guilty conscience needs no accuser." That's why Mr. Rumsfeld cancelled his subscription! I have a copy of his interview after the Pentagon was hit and he, himself, said it was a missle! He still lives with that lie and that's why you hit a nerve, Mr. Krugman.
+61 # maveet 2011-09-12 17:22
Thank you Paul Krugman and RSN for posting this. An honest man, who, like Cassandra, is ignored by those who would turn a blind eye, which is those who hold power.
+66 # Vardette 2011-09-12 17:26
Now Rumsfeld has to travel in disguise in Europe otherwise he will be arrested! Maybe he should hide in South America where all those whose committed crimes against humanity fled to after WW2? But I’m sure he will just stay here and play golf with Bush in Boca Grande along with Boehner and his gang and all the other awful Neocons who used 911 to destroy nations for their own profit.
+5 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-13 01:05
Bush was looking at buying some property in Uruguay near the end of his administration. Maybe he did. It was way out from civilization, near the Brazilian border.
+40 # cbaron 2011-09-12 17:27
The amazing thing is that Rummy EVER subscribed to the New York Times! Given the stream of news about the evil he and his cronies did, it sure took him a long time to cancel his subscription... ..
+50 # Parityfanatic 2011-09-12 17:33
Krugman hit the NAIL on the head. I'll bet Rumsfeld watches "FIX" News; he doesn't have time to read the NY Times anyway.
History will not forget these Neocons; the thousands killed, the Billions blown and the horrendous "Air-conditione d" Green Zone.
I weep for the innocents killed on 9/11 NOT the "Mission Accomplished" Naive Americans who bought what the Bush PR machine was selling regarding Iraq.
+66 # America 2011-09-12 17:34
We have to ensure that history labels these two criminals Rumsfeld & Cheney for what they are.
History must stamp them as two of the most diabolical poltical characters of all time.
Here is the country of origin of the terrorists:
Fifteen of the attackers were from Saudi Arabia, two from the United Arab Emirates, one from Egypt, and one from Lebanon. Yet we hurried off to attack IRaq????? Saudi Arabia one of our staunch allies are always above board. AAARGH! Even when they practice the harshest form of Muslim laws and treat women like trash even today!

Bin Laden's family in the USA was hustled out of the USA by CIA days after the 9/11.

It really is the fault of the American people to be hoodwinked by these rascals and never seriouly asking for answers to these provacative facts.
+34 # jon 2011-09-12 17:35
Please sign this petition in support of Paul:
+13 # michelle 2011-09-12 19:47
Thanks, my husband and I both signed. Again thanks for heads up.
+15 # tclose 2011-09-12 22:12
I signed too. Everyone on this blog should do so. Let the right wingers know that a great number of rational Americans support Krugman to the hilt.
+3 # OpenMind 2011-09-14 23:59
Thanks, Jon. I signed too.
+90 # deadhead 2011-09-12 17:40
I cannot stop laughing at the irony.

Rummy cancels his subscription to one of the most efficient media purveyors of his BIG LIE?? That piece of crap "journalist" Judith Miller, in various pieces written for the NYT, with info leaked from Scooter, Cheney, et al greased the skids for the US slide into that propaganda horror that became the Iraq War.

The NYT and that other "lefty" paper, The WashPost are guilty of anc complicit in lying to the American people and dragging us into illegal wars that have cost us thousands of lives and breathless tens of thousands of grievously crippled soldiers so that Halliburton, Cheney, Bushies, et al could be enriched. And now they are running around, re-packaging their pack of un-American lies under the guise of "memoirs". Makes me really want to puke all over their Italian leather shoes.

They should all be rounded up and tried as war criminals.
+19 # Erdajean 2011-09-12 22:58
Right on! There is no way around this truth that the TIMES "reporting" by Judith Miller was the Judas goat that led the country toward the war. The most horrendous thing was that while she attributed all her "evidence" for Iraqi weapons to unidentified sources -- a bedrock no-no in responsible journalism -- no editor stopped it. Yes the bitch went to jail to "protect her sources" -- and no wonder! No less than Scooter, the mouthpiece for Dick! And yes, she and her protecting editor ought to be in the same cell with these good buddies, at Guantanamo.
+66 # mrgrtmorris 2011-09-12 17:41
Krugman is telling the truth.

Few who were connected with alternative media, such as this one or DemocracyNow! et al., bought into the WMD scam nor the complicity of Iraq in 9/11. But look what happened to those who opposed the outcry to depose Hussein and take over Iraq. Donovan lost his job and his career for merely suggesting caution, Joe Wilson was vilified for exposing the yellow cake forgery and his wife outed as an agent, Blitz was demonized for his findings, and so on down the line. Tenet's pathetic apologia leaves no doubt where the pressure was coming from--from Cheney's office.

The lot of them--Cheney, Rumsfelt, Wolfowits, Rove et al. belong in prison for crimes against humanity.
+50 # wfalco 2011-09-12 17:46
I am almost certain elements of this country's WAR INC. could hardly contain their glee when the alleged planes hit buildings. What an opportunity it created!
It was well documented (PNAC)that this element of criminals who lurk beneath the surface were praying for a "catastrophic or cataclysmic event" to invade Iraq. (Certainly charging into Iran was given considerable thought.)

"Everything is different now," we were informed. Everyone believed this BS hook, line, and sinker. It was the right wing's watershed event to change the world as we know it and to finally define a replacement enemy for the old Soviet Union. Enemies fuel War Inc. New ones will always be defined and created to wet the appetities of the ignorant masses.
+38 # MEBrowning 2011-09-12 18:46
Not everyone believed the BS. Some of us cried "Foul!" as soon as the Bush administration began making noises about Iraq. Some of us remembered the lessons of history and the first Gulf War, had read the PNAC documents, and knew what was coming. But the corporate-owned media and millions of ignorant, head-in-the-san d American lemmings would not listen. Instead, they needed to beat their chests and aim their ire at some target, any target. Why not Iraq? I wonder whether we would even have the Tea Party, a massive deficit, a world financial crisis, important federal programs under attack, etc., if we had not invaded Iraq.
+15 # CL38 2011-09-12 23:03
There were lots of people who weren't buying what was being sold, but the right owned media wasn't listening. You've asked an excellent question: "I wonder whether we would even have the Tea Party, a massive deficit, a world financial crisis, important federal programs under attack, etc., if we had not invaded Iraq."
+12 # tclose 2011-09-12 22:24
You make a good point, wfalco - "Everything is different now" was the mantra after 9/11 and most of the country - and media - fell for it hook, line and sinker. Tragic though that event was, it should have resulted in most things being the same: our striving for true democracy, social justice, and the other things that make us descendents of the enlightenment philosophers, and not descendents of the fascists.
+16 # bniceyo 2011-09-12 17:54
+53 # Bob-Investigates 2011-09-12 18:04
Rummy is a party to war crimes, plain and simple. Rummy, G.W., Cheney and many others should be doing long stretches in prison. Notice how NONE of them are being held accountable! Justice has died in our country--BIG TIME!
+58 # rsn2lou 2011-09-12 18:12
Rummy seems pretty darn thin skinned for a war criminal complicit in the slaughter of thousands and thousands of innocents. Imagine him throwing a hissy fit with blood dripping off those hands in the photo. That sick evil bastard!
+26 # KittatinyHawk 2011-09-12 18:16
I guess we can all pick up the slack and perhaps the Times will make more from it.
I didn't realize Rumsfield was literate, I doubt whether he actually had subscription.

Biggest show of greed was the need to build again on that site and not to have dedicated it to those who died. Money, money, one was rich enough!
Buildings will only cast a shadow on the need to uncover what really happened...

For those Families, Friends of 9/11 Do not leave the embarrassment of that Evil Administration reflect on your Memories or our Thoughts for you all.
+26 # propsguy 2011-09-12 18:17
i hope the Times is very proud. Rummy's snub of them has granted them great esteem
+10 # Thomas Paine for Social Justice 2011-09-12 18:27
Wait... Wait....

I just have to be sure.... Is this the SAME Donald Rumsfeld appearing in this video.... or perhaps just a look-alike with the same name.
0 # OpenMind 2011-09-15 00:02
Just watched the video - hilarious!
+71 # Jill of York 2011-09-12 18:30
Thank you Paul Krugman for speaking truth to power. Rumsfeld is a war criminal and belongs in jail along with Bush/Cheney and the rest of those murderers! Those fascists have taken away our civil liberties, murdered thousands of civilians, destroyed our military, and are bilking billions for their war mongering friends.
+8 # jwb110 2011-09-12 18:57
I am not a giant fan of the NY Times but it is a little childish to cancel a subscription because you don't like what you hear. Kind of a Emperor's New clothes thing.
+21 # fredboy 2011-09-12 19:36
Yes, many advanced their careers and false warfare on the backs of our brothers and sisters who perished on 9/11. And the media cowered, and continues to cower, mere lapdogs of the most vile among them.
+32 # drew 2011-09-12 19:49
G_d bless Krugman, the unvarnished truth-teller! FINALLY someone (besides me) said out loud that Bush hijacked the tragedy of 9/11 to lie to start an unecessary war for oil as their twisted energy policy! Throw in continued tax breaks for the rich & corporations, stacking the Supreme Court with CRIMINALLY activist judges, warrantless wiretapping, politicizing the Justice Dept and deregulation that led to the largest gap between the rich and everybody else (plus financial collapse) and you've got pure Shock Doctrine!!
+25 # Night Raider 2011-09-12 20:00
Rumsfeld cancelled his subscription?

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! Did he stamp his little foot?

Rummy, Cheney, Rove and the Howdy Doody puppet are bigger than life Tammany Hall figures. Who cares what any of them think? What Krugman said was the biting truth.

Michael Moore described Rumsfeld and Cheney best when he said, "They remind me of every man who ever fired my father."
+15 # xavieronassis 2011-09-12 20:06
I might subscribe just to help replace the Times' loss of a subcription.
Wouldn't it be nice if thousands of others subscribed with a note saying "To help fill the void left by Mr. Rumsfeld".
+21 # omomma 2011-09-12 20:12
What "deadhead" said. Oh the irony. Why isn't there a public notice published every single day that features the fact that the Triumvirate of Evil--Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld--are unable to travel overseas because they fear being seized and tried for their war crimes?
+16 # drew 2011-09-12 21:23
Yes indeed. Reminds me of the REAL 'Axis of Evil': Fox news / rightwing radio / Congressional Republicans
+2 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-09-13 12:10
Quoting drew:
Yes indeed. Reminds me of the REAL 'Axis of Evil': Fox news / rightwing radio / Congressional Republicans

....And DON'T forget the TEA-KLUX-KLANIC ANS to complete the set.
+25 # gfelder 2011-09-12 20:14
This would be a great time for Obama to put his ass on the line and begin in a significant way to deliver the change we can believe in and recover his failing presidency. This would be a very lawful step that few could fault. Just a small step for human kind.
+21 # drew 2011-09-12 22:03
America's soul is diseased and will never heal until The Bush Crime Family is fully investigated and held accountable for their multiple war crimes.
+5 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-09-13 12:07
Quoting gfelder:
This would be a great time for Obama to put his ass on the line and begin in a significant way to deliver the change we can believe in and recover his failing presidency. This would be a very lawful step that few could fault. Just a small step for human kind.

[quote name="angelfish "]The entire Bush/Cheney Regime should be careful that America doesn't EVENTUALLY cancel THEM in a Court of Law, preferably the Hague! I'd give my eye teeth to see these egregious Basta**ds charged, tried and convicted of their Heinous crimes against America and Humanity! I want to see them stand up in Court and explain away their treachery and lies that have murdered so many people, decimated our Treasury and set American against American with their continued manipulation of truth and distortion of fact. WHERE is JUSTICE for the hundreds of thousands killed, maimed and morally damaged by their duplicity and sheer greed? Until Justice is served, we will NEVER be whole or free again. Justice NOW![/quo
Except for ONE BIG PROBLEM, gfelder: THE COURTS are fill with Reagan, Bush, and Bush II appointees OUT THE WAZOO! I like the idea, but who will take the case or convict them?
+22 # touchst 2011-09-12 20:26
Ah, yes -- how quickly even most liberals have forgotten NY Times reporter Judith Miller and Bill Keller's strong support of the wars (and now his recent phoney "reconsideratio n"). It's no wonder Rummy subscribed to the NY Times -- after all they were basically behind him until it was prudent to not be. FOR SHAME!!!
+18 # Carbonman1950 2011-09-12 21:54
I never did see how any informed person could have believed the justifications given for invading Iraq. Dozen of officials of other countries (remember Hans Blix?) were saying loudly and repeatedly that there could not possibly be WMDs in Iraq, so I never understood Miller and Keller's support for the war.

It was perfectly clear to me at the time that the Bush administration was feeding us a crock of fertilizer. Except, of course, when Bush told us the reason for attacking Iraq was because "he [Saddam] tried to kill my Daddy".

But apparently, at the time, Miller and Keller took the administration at its word. Reconsidering your position when you learn that you have based that position on someone's lies is not "phoney". Reconsidering you position is the only intellectually honest and journalisticall y ethical and moral thing to do.
+32 # stonecutter 2011-09-12 21:37
Nixon admiringly described Rumsfeld as a "ruthless little bastard". Nothing he's done during his decades of "service" to the "defense" establishment dispels that well-deserved warning label. He's one of the "evildoers" Ike was alluding to in his farewell speech to the nation back in early 1961, when he warned us about these guys. Here's an excerpt:

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-indust rial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."

"An alert and knowledgeable citizenry"? Ike's spinning in his grave over that one. Most of us swallowed whole the Cheney/Bush Big Lie, a modern wonder of Orwellian Doublespeak. Rumsfeld, among others, was a willing mouthpiece for that Big Lie, a fatcat bureaucrat paying lip service to "our freedoms", whatever the hell that meant to our young troops being maimed or killed over in the barren sands of Iraq.

Shame indeed.
+10 # conniejo 2011-09-13 07:53
"An alert and knowledgeable citizenry" indeed is the ONLY way we can defend ourselves against the corporatocracy, which of course is why so many Republican governors are following the ALEC playbook that calls for vilifying teachers, destroying their unions, giving public funds to private schools they control, and controlling the curriculum in public education. Ignorance is the greatest enemy of truth, and education is the front line of the war to recover American values and integrity.
+30 # Carbonman1950 2011-09-12 21:44
While Krugman is correct, his analysis leaves out something I believe is very important - this nation's actions gave al-Qaeda just what bin Laden wrote he hoped for. 1) We gave them a permanent war between East and West, 2) We tortured prisoners, took away the civil rights of our own citizens, and did many other things at odds with our vaunted national values, thus confirming what they told their followers American was truly like. 3) We bankrupted our country. 4) We have killed tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of women, children, elderly, and other non-combatants thus providing evidence that we do not care for Moslems. 5) We have failed, declined, or refused to prosecute military and military contractor personnel accused of war crimes, thus showing that American justice does not offer equal protection to all. 6) We have arrested and imprisoned citizens of other nations, even citizens of our allies, without charge, representation, trial or conviction, thus showing that we do not value or honor even our own Constitution which expressly forbids such acts.

If we are not ashamed of what we have let this nation do in our names, we should be.
+14 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-12 21:44
No loss for The Times, they'd probably take his subscription away from him in prison, anyway.

Sooner or later that lot _must_ go to prison for their crimes ... whether through US courts, or the International Criminal Court.
+9 # DEEDYCOGHLAN@HOTMAIL.COM 2011-09-12 21:49
Does he really think anyone cares?!
+9 # Jim 2011-09-12 22:01
What a great endorsement for the NYTimes. Rumsfeld cancelling his subscription would be a true compliment to the nature of the journalism employed. NYTimes: be proud that you stand on the opposite side of anything to that mean-spirited, manipulative bantam rooster.
+11 # Joan Manning 2011-09-12 22:07
We should have known trouble was coming. We ignored the messages they were sending: two of our embassies bombed, a hole blown in one of our ships,and our shameful alliance with Israel whose mistreatment of Palestinians continues to this day. When we intrude into a part of the world where we're not welcome we can expect consequences.
+5 # Dick Huopana 2011-09-13 08:26
Also the 1993 terrorist attack that occurred in the public parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City: Six killed, over 1000 injured, and an estimated $500 million of damage.
+7 # InSouthChicago 2011-09-12 22:27
The rest of you have said what was needed to be said.

I was just surprised that Rumsfeld has a subscription to the New York Times. Maybe he was hoping the Times would rehire Judith Miller or to use his subscription as a means to reminisce about the "good old days" when the Bush Administration completely corrupted the reporting of Times with respect to the bogus case for an Iraq nuclear, biological and chemical weapons research, development and production programs. Who knows. Rumsfeld is a pretty bizarre personality.
+9 # expat 2011-09-12 22:37
'Hang down your head Don Rumsfeld
Hang down your head in shame'
+12 # SherryGlaser 2011-09-12 22:59
Thank you for your honesty and integrity Mr. Krugman. Please call for an open investigation by the Obama Administration. WE have all the evidence we need. Please use your position to call for indictments.
Thank you.
+9 # Progressive Patriot 2011-09-13 01:12
We've got personal confessions to war crimes by Bush and Cheney, on world-wide television networks, witnessed by millions of people. What more do we need?
+11 # angelfish 2011-09-12 23:22
The entire Bush/Cheney Regime should be careful that America doesn't EVENTUALLY cancel THEM in a Court of Law, preferably the Hague! I'd give my eye teeth to see these egregious Basta**ds charged, tried and convicted of their Heinous crimes against America and Humanity! I want to see them stand up in Court and explain away their treachery and lies that have murdered so many people, decimated our Treasury and set American against American with their continued manipulation of truth and distortion of fact. WHERE is JUSTICE for the hundreds of thousands killed, maimed and morally damaged by their duplicity and sheer greed? Until Justice is served, we will NEVER be whole or free again. Justice NOW!
+10 # noitall 2011-09-12 23:36
"The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it."
Why is it that we are so often plagued in this country to forever live with the tragedies we experience without being able to experience the healing that comes with finality. The Kennedy assasination (anyone believe the official tale of that one?), Viet Nam? Do we believe we were fighting for freedom from Communism? Congratulations if you do, you're probably a healed person. How about the Supreme Court selection of George Bush's second term. There's a tragedy to Democracy that is difficult to swallow. Now 9/11 and Iraq. Saving the Iraqi people from a mean ruler. Unfortunately we had to kill the Iraqi people to save them. I won't even mention the 9/11 Commission's official report of the tragedy. How do we heal? Blind Faith? In characters like Bush, rumsfeld, cheney? Give me a break! And now the blame for the condition of the budget goes to the working class. Only in America!
+8 # marilynrssll 2011-09-12 23:57
I like the way Norway responded to their "terrorist thug." I would like to have responded to 9/11 more like they did.

(Reporter-fabul ous Helen Thomas stated it well after 9/11. She advocated more the Norway approach.)
+9 # Angel 2011-09-13 00:07
Everytime I hear any of their names or see their faces I want to projectile vomit.
Wasn't it really all about the cash?? Wasn't Cheney CEO of (new named) Blackwater? They probably divvveeed up a big pile of missing 'mystery' contract $$..half a trillion--the dispicable nasty pieces of _ _ _ _...
+5 # Angel 2011-09-13 00:09
Plus, Rummy always smacks his lips like Limbaugh did when he was a junkie. I think he's a crack head.
+3 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-09-13 11:58
Quoting Angel:
Plus, Rummy always smacks his lips like Limbaugh did when he was a junkie. I think he's a crack head.

C'mon Angelfish! You said Limbum "was a junkie? HE STILL IS!! Can you say "oxycotin?" BTW, coke & crack addicts both smack their lips a lot. You're very much on point.
+9 # seeuingoa 2011-09-13 02:31
I would like to invite Busch, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz on a
luxory holiday tour to Europe.

I will finance the trip, knowing that
I only have to pay for the flight tickets, as they will go directly from
the airport to the slammer in The Hague.
+8 # quasimonk 2011-09-13 02:46
Perhaps we should celebrate 9/10/11, the last day before America was consumed with fear and hatred. When we had Alfred E. Newman as president. When America had at least the vestiges of its historical identity.
+14 # artful 2011-09-13 07:41
Any article that so pisses off Donald Rumsfeld must be applauded loudly. Way to go Dr. Krugman.
+3 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2011-09-13 12:00
Quoting artful:
Any article that so pisses off Donald Rumsfeld must be applauded loudly. Way to go Dr. Krugman.

+9 # buster 2011-09-13 08:05
"You do not know with how little wisdom the world is governed" seems to explain more all the time.
+6 # head out the window 2011-09-13 08:56
looks to me by the reaction that osama won.
+10 # geohunt1 2011-09-13 11:12
Paul Krugman, as usual, has all the facts straight. The PNAC neo-cons like Rumsfeld and Cheney were hoping for a "new Pearl Harbor" and hopped on 9/11 to make it that. They are all corrupt, evil men (add Condo. Rice) who should have been impeached; and now should be tried and jailed.
+6 # wleming 2011-09-13 11:53
bravo to mr. krugman, and further kudos to him- as he has rattled the odious rumsfeld's cage- and that is all to the good. what he must also, alas, consider is the judith miller ny times debacle that led to scooter"gate" -- bush's pardon, and the times dubious role in steamrollering the country into a useless, idiot war. the media were part of that shameful episode, and their current lack of credibility is tied to their sycophant complicity and one cannot spare the times, too, on that account.
+7 # kyzipster 2011-09-13 12:23
The only news here is that a neocon reads the NYT.
+1 # kwheatcroftpardue 2011-09-13 15:00
Paul Krugman, thanks for having the courage to say what many of us believe. I said something similar in my blog ( entitled "A 9/11 Remembrance: When Will the Stupid Country Ever Grow Up?" Keep up the good fight!
+5 # Lucius 2011-09-13 15:48
Wow. Great comments. I remember watching Rumsfeld being interviewed by Jim Lehrer and having to mute it because it suddenly occurred to me that Rumsfeld was someone Hilter would have found very uselful. Someone truly evil.
+2 # sfrider 2011-09-13 19:25
Who gives a big flying F what Rumsfeld does or thinks?
+2 # sheeplady 2011-09-13 23:53
Well that is probably why he cancelled his subscription--N o one cares what he thinks. He loves power and can hardly function without it after his license to control the actions of the world's most powerful nation expired. Now he (and Bush and Cheney) can't even get on a plane and go to a foreign country for fear that when he steps off the plane, he will be arrested and sent to the Hague for violating international laws. It's enough to make a guy get cranky and cancel his subscription! That'll show them!
+3 # Group_Capt_Lionel_Mandrake 2011-09-14 15:20
Rumsfeld? Isn't he the one who said as the Iraqi National Museum was looted of its treasures, "Freedom is messy." Rumsfeld's opinions on anything mean absolutely nothing to me. Furthermore, he's a war criminal. Finally, he should be prosecuted and made to clean toilets at Guantanamo, whose inhabitants should be the Neo-Cons.
+3 # Barbara N Shabo RN 2011-09-15 03:17
I still would like to know who in the Defense Department called off the air strike against Bin Laden when we had him cornered in the caves at Tora Bora?
And why?
+1 # Magginkat 2011-09-15 16:56
The New York times should be happy to be rid of one of our major war criminals. Who really gives a damn what that old quack reads or does not read. Obviously he didn't read what the Geneva Convention said about the crimes he, Bush & Cheney ordered.

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