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EP 63: Donald Rumsfeld On Modernizing The Military, Saddam Hussein, Snowflakes & Churchill Solit

My guest is former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In his remarkable 50 year career, he has served as a U.S. Congressman, Director of the Office Economic Opportunity and U.S. Ambassador to NATO under President Richard Nixon, White House Chief of Staff to President Gerald Ford, Special Middle East Envoy for President Ronald Reagan, and Secretary of Defense...both for Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. In fact, Donald Rumsfeld has the distinction of being both the youngest and the oldest Secretary of Defense.

Today he comes on the show to talk about the his amazing career, the current state of national defense, and the "unknown knowns" that America might be missing. Plus he'll talk about his first impression of Saddam Hussein, his favorite President, his prolific body of memos written, the issues that keep him up at night, and how Winston Churchill inspired him to create a fun new gaming app called Churchill Solitaire.

If you enjoy this episode, then be sure to go to your app store and download Churchill Solitaire for your tablet device or smart phone. You can also find out more about the Rumsfeld Foundation at View the massive archive of his memos at and be sure to order his fascinating books Knowns and Unknowns and Rumsefeld's Rules on Amazon. Or if you want to listen to the audio versions of his books, you download them for free with a special trial offer for our listerners at

Click here to listen to this episode of KickAss Politics on iTunes.

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