Sunday afternoon, 5pm Eastern U.S. – join us as we chat with some very experienced guests in Episode 66 Donald Rumsfeld Bing West 04/10 by Midrats | Blog Talk Radio:

For anyone interested in history, politics, or national security – there are two books that should be on your short list for 2011. Both authors will be on Midrats this Sunday.

Bing West
Donald Rumsfeld

Join Sal from “CDR Salamander” and EagleOne from “EagleSpeak” with their guests; former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to discuss his book Known & Unknown: A Memoir for the first half hour, and then author Bing West to discuss his latest book, The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan.

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Posted by Mark Tempest in Books, History, Homeland Security, Podcasts

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  • Bucherm

    Not Rummie!

  • Byron

    It should be a fascinating show, looking forward to it!

  • Jay

    I will try to catch the Bing West portion. He is an excellent writer. Sec Rumsfeld’s reputation, I think, will be a mixed one. The good things that he accomplished prior and after 9/11 (transformation, cancelling Crusader/Comanche, changing the traditional service mix of the Geographic Combatant Commander, brilliant initial campaign in Afghanistan) are offset by reduced focus on Afghanistan due to Iraq, bad assumptions over the Iraq campaign (WMD, cost, #’s of troops required, post-campaign planning, shabby treatment of GEN Shinseki and others who didn’t agree with those bad assumptions, etc.). Perhaps this is part & partial of serving in a Cabinet level job for as long as he did — however, given his previous Government experience, I remain disappointed.

  • Well, Jay, one of the reasons Mr. Rumsfeld wrote his book is to present his version of history much of which contradicts what you believe to be both bad and true about him.

    I have not read all the other memoirs written by those who might disagree with Mr. Rumfeld’s memories or descriptions of his days in service to the country and, thus, cannot fairly express an opinion as to whose version of history is more “real.”

    But for those who have not read his book, it seems to me that you are in danger of making judgments without all the information that might help make those judgments better informed. Just as those who only read this book without reading other sources may fall into the same trap.

  • Eagle1 speaks with big medicine.

  • Surfcaster

    Picking on the RedSox aside, thank you for the program.

    Wish is were not for needing Big Medicine but Big Medicine needed to counter Happy Talk.