Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Donald Rumsfeld Expressed Sympathy with Looters in 2003

So what do you know? Rummy the Dummy actually got one right.

“While no one condones looting, on the other hand, one can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of repression and people who have had members of their family killed…”

– Donald Rumsfeld

An old UPI article from 2003 during the early phase of the Iraq War.

WASHINGTON, April 11 (UPI) — U.S. forces should not be blamed for the lawlessness and looting in Baghdad as it is a natural consequence of the transition from a dictatorship to a free country, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Friday at the Pentagon.

“The task we’ve got ahead of us now is an awkward one … It’s untidy. And freedom’s untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things. They’re also free to live their lives and do wonderful things. And that’s what’s going to happen here,” Rumsfeld said.


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