Subject: Rumsfield at Kennedy's hearing
You will only understand the symbolism of the following if you learned
through extraneous history or were old enough to have watched it play
out that Ted Kennedy drove off of a bridge in Massachusetts on his way
to an island with Mary Joe Kopechne in the late 60's. He did NOT seek
help to rescue her when he surfaced. Instead he made his way to a hotel,
called friends and the next morning reported the accident.
She was, needless to say, both dead and wet. Kennedy faced no type of
any censure or reprimand, much less any legal punishment for this
negligent act of manslaughter. Kennedy power extends wide in that part
You have got to love the chutzpah of Rumsfield.
February 05, 2004
Rumsfield: Kennedy 'All Wet' About Bush Lies
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield told Sen. Edward M.
Kennedy yesterday that he was "all wet" when the Senator
alleged that the Bush administration lied about Iraq's weapons of mass
destruction to justify going to war. The verbal clash came during Mr.
Rumsfield testimony at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing probing
the state of pre-war intelligence.
Sen. Kennedy began his questioning of the Defense Secretary by saying,
"Don't you think some members of the Bush administration should be
held legally accountable for the lies they told about Iraqi weapons, and
the subsequent cover-up?"
"First, with all due respect Senator Kennedy,
you're all wet," said Mr. Rumsfield "The administration has
not lied or covered up. However, in general, I do believe that when a
man commits a crime he should face the bar of justice. He should not be
allowed to serve in positions of power in our government, and be hailed
as a leader, when the question of his guilt remains unresolved, if you
know what I mean."
"I'm sure I do not know what you mean," Mr.
Kennedy said. "But the American people deserve to know why you
can't find Saddam's weapons of mass destruction."
"Sometimes things are hard to find, even when you
know where they are," said Mr. Rumsfield. "For example, I've
heard of a man who missed a bridge and drove his car into the water,
even though he knew where the bridge was. And then sometimes you just
keep diving into a problem and despite repeated efforts, you come up
empty handed. That doesn't mean that nothing's there. As you know,
eventually, the truth comes to light."
Having no further questions, Mr. Kennedy yielded the
remainder of his time.