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rumsfeld-mugName: Donald Henry Rumsfeld


Born: July 9, 1932, Evanston, Illinois


Profession: Businessman, politician


GW Bush Administration Position:

  • 21st United States Secretary of Defense (2001-2006)

War crime charge(s):

  • Crime against peace – planning and carrying out a war of aggression.
  • Complicity in the commission of a war crime – wanton destruction of cities and villages, devastation not justified by military necessity, ill-treatment of civilian population of or in occupied territory.
  • Complicity in the commission of a war crime – torture, ill-treatment of detainees. Planned and executed invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. Wrote memo instructing use of harsh interrogation techniques at Abu Ghraib.

Primary Association:

  • He "currently chairs the Rumsfeld Foundation, which supports leadership and public service at home and the growth of free political and free economic systems abroad. The Rumsfeld Foundation funds microfinance development projects, fellowships for graduate students interested in public service, the development of young leaders from Central Asia and the Caucasus, and charitable causes that benefit the men and women of the U.S. armed forces and their families."   In 2007, Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, established the Rumsfeld Foundation, building on the work of the Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld Foundation, established in 1985. Since 2007, the Foundation has granted over 50 fellowships for U.S. graduate students and young leaders from Central Asia, provided over $2.1 million in microfinance grants, and donated more than $200,000 to charities for U.S. veterans.

Secondary Association:

  • Project for the New American Century: part founder
  • RAND Corporation: Board member
  • Carlyle Group: Chairman Emeritus, Defense Contractor, (1989–2005)

More Information:




"Freedom's untidy, and free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things1."
"Keep elevating the threat"... "Talk about Somalia, the Philippines etc. Make the American people realise they are surrounded in the world by violent extremsts2."

"We know where they [WMD] are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat." (ABC Interview, 3/30/2003)

1On looting in Iraq after the U.S. invasion, adding "stuff happens," April 11, 2003 (http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/04/11/sprj.irq.pentagon/)

2 April 2006 memo to Pentagon staff




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