One of the odd ideas to have arisen is that one can have a good idea, but not express it well. With rare exceptions, in my experience, that isn’t the case: poorly communicated ideas are usually a result of poor ideas. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to revisit one of former Secretary of
War Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s utterances.
While reading this, keep in mind that Rumsfeld once told Paul Wolfowitz (yes, that Wolfowitz) that one should “Begin with an illogical premise and proceed logically to an illogical conclusion.” Here’s a classic Rumsfeld:
The message is that 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 didn’t know. but there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know. So when we do the bes we can and we pull all this information together, and we then say well, that’s basically what we see as the situation, that is really only the known knowns and the known unknowns. And each year, we discover a few more of those unknown unknowns…There’s another way to phrase that and that is that the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
What’s sad is that if his previous political history had been seriously discussed, his lunacy would have been exposed. Of course, had our Mandarin class actually thought, instead gotten all gooey over his machismo, they would have realize his craziness was in plain sight.