Former “hawk” and head of the Pentagon, under President George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld died at the age of 88, in Taos, New Mexico. It was his family who broke the news on Twitter this Wednesday, June 30: “He may go down in history for his extraordinary achievements during six decades of public service, but for those who knew best and whose life was forever changed, we will remember his unwavering love for his wife Joyce, his family and friends and the integrity he brought to a life dedicated to his country “May -on so read.
A statement from the family of Donald Rumsfeld: pic.twitter.com/AlKYxVvqgF
– Donald Rumsfeld (@RumsfeldOffice) June 30, 2021
Born in 1932 in Illinois, it was in 1962 that Donald Rumsfeld, a former US Navy pilot, entered politics for the first time, at the age of 30 when he was elected representative of Illinois in the United States House of Representatives. He has long been nicknamed the “Republican JFK”. In 1972, Richard Nixon appointed him NATO Ambassador to Brussels. A position he held for two years before joining the White House as chief of staff to Gerald Ford. In 1975 he was appointed Secretary of Defense. After a long journey through the desert, notably under the presidency of Bill Clinton, Donald Rumsfeld’s political career took a new turn in 2000, when he was recruited by George W. Bush to head the Defense Department at the Pentagon. A mission that he took to heart and which was marked by a tragic event: the attacks of September 11, 2001. Donald Rumsfeld embarked on a real ruthless fight against terrorism, notably by becoming the prime contractor of the war in Afghanistan in 2001 and that in Iraq in 2003. Decried wars which had however led to the arrest and the execution of Saddam Hussein.
Why did Donald Rumsfeld have to resign from the Pentagon?
Donald Rumsfeld, on the other hand, will experience an inglorious end to the Pentagon, he indeed had to resign, being accused of having deteriorated the situation in Iraq. The coup de grace came in April 2004, when the Abu Ghraib scandal was revealed. Donald Rumsfeld was singled out for the condoned mistreatment of Iraqi detainees in Abu Ghraib detention centers, in which torture was rife. After a farewell tour of American soldiers in Iraq, the handover with his successor took place on December 18, 2006. “These six years have been a while. It reminds me of Winston Churchill’s statement: I I benefited greatly from the reviews and at no time did I miss any, ”he said after his departure.
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