Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein – Old Buddies

Type “Rumsf” into Google Images and watch what happens:

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It turns out Rumsfeld and Hussein were kissing buddies in the eighties. Twenty years before Rumsfeld wanted Hussein dead, he helped prop him up and made him what he eventually became.


When the Iran-Iraq war escalated in 1983, President Ronald Reagan dispatched his Middle East envoy, a former secretary of defense, to Baghdad with a hand-written letter to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and a message that Washington was willing at any moment to resume diplomatic relations.

That envoy was Donald Rumsfeld.

Thus started a relationship between the U.S and Iraq that went on for years, with the U.S. arming Iraq, sending money, weapons, helicopters, all during a time when Iraq was actively using chemical weapons against its own people.

Rumsfeld went on to run for president of the U.S. in 1988, and was, thank goodness, not successful.

Here is a man I am glad I don’t have to see on TV anymore.

2 thoughts on “Donald Rumsfeld and Saddam Hussein – Old Buddies

  1. Mary Barnes

    Yes, the United States has a long and honored history of supplying her enemies. I remember my parents grumbling that “we gave all that scrap iron to Japan, and they shot it back at us.” When I was in the OK Senate, I remember being asked to investigate why we had helped build the world’s largest Mack Truck factory on the Kama River in Russia, while the Ho Chi Minh trail was lined with Russian-made trucks. Friend of mine said they’d captured a V-C tank, and he got sick when he saw the label on the gun-leveling mechanism (or something like that). It was Allis Chalmers.

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