Maps that make a point…
More amusing maps-as-propaganda at La Boite Verte.
[TotH to EWW's friend AH]
As we remember that the map is not the territory, we might send bellicose birthday wishes to Donald Henry Rumsfeld; he was born on this date in 1932. A successful businessman, Rumsfeld served as U.S. Secretary of Defense twice, first under Gerald Ford, then under George W. Bush. Early in that latter tour, as the groundwork was being laid for the invasion of Iraq, he remarked:
…there are no “knowns.” There are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we do not know we don’t know… the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence
(NATO press conference, June 6, 2002)
Then several months later,
I can’t tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks, or five months, but it certainly isn’t going to last any longer than that.
(CBS Radio interview, November 14, 2002)
Then a few month later still,
We know where they [Iraq's WMD] are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south, and north somewhat…
(in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC News, March 30, 2003)
Though two years later (November 20, 2005), on a return visit to Stephanopoulos’s show, Rumsfeld suggested,
I didn’t advocate invasion…I wasn’t asked.
Interestingly, it was also on this date (in 1962) that Bob Dylan recoded “Blowin’ in the Wind”
How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ‘n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.