Krugman Blog Post Causes Donald Rumsfeld To Cancel Times Subscription

That Paul Krugman blog post I wrote about yesterday has caused Donald Rumsfeld to take action:

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Monday canceled his subscription to The New York Times after columnist Paul Krugman characterized the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as “an occasion for shame.”

Rumsfeld tweeted, “After reading Krugman’s repugnant piece on 9/11, I canceled my subscription to the New York Times this AM.”

Well, at least he’ll still get his twenty free articles a month.


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  1. CB says:

    oh, the indignity. i weep for donald rumsfeld.

    krugman hasnt exactly had one of his finer moments, but don, if you want to see true repugnance, look in a mirror.

  2. mantis says:

    That’s cool. The country canceled its Donald Rumsfeld subscription years ago, and we’re better off for it.

  3. David M says:

    Is that something even NY Times detractors should want to publicize? I’m not sure there’s many that are less sympathetic figures than Rumsfeld.

  4. Ernieyeball says:
  5. WR says:

    Seems pretty petty after the Times was willing to publish every one of the Bush administration’s lies about WMD in order to get little Donny his war.

  6. john personna says:

    Ironic, because the blog post would not have gotten past dead-tree edition editors.

  7. Sam says:


    All these people were lying too I guess?

    One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line.”
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998

    “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

    “Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.”
    –Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

    “He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.”
    –Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

    “[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq’s refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs.”
    Letter to President Clinton, signed by:
    — Democratic Senators Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others, Oct. 9, 1998″Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
    -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

    “Hussein has … chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies.”
    — Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

    “There is no doubt that … Saddam Hussein has reinvigorated his weapons programs. Reports indicate that biological, chemical and nuclear programs continue apace and may be back to pre-Gulf War status. In addition, Saddam continues to redefine delivery systems and is doubtless using the cover of a licit missile program to develop longer-range missiles that will threaten the United States and our allies.”
    Letter to President Bush, Signed by:
    — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), and others, Dec 5, 2001

    “We begin with the common belief that Saddam Hussein is a tyrant and a threat to the peace and stability of the region. He has ignored the mandate of the United Nations and is building weapons of mass destruction and th! e means of delivering them.”
    — Sen. Carl Levin (D, MI), Sept. 19, 2002

    “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
    — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
    — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
    — Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

    “The last UN weapons inspectors left Iraq in October of 1998. We are confident that Saddam Hussein retains some stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and that he has since embarked on a crash course to build up his chemical and biological warfare capabilities. Intelligence reports indicate that he is seeking nuclear weapons…”
    — Sen. Robert Byrd (D, WV), Oct. 3, 2002

    “I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force — if necessary — to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.”
    — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Oct. 9, 2002

    “There is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years … We also should remember we have always underestimated the progress Saddam has made in development of weapons of mass destruction.”
    — Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, WV), Oct 10, 2002
    “He has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do”
    — Rep. Henry Waxman (D, CA), Oct. 10, 2002

    “In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members … It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons.”
    — Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

    “We are in possession of what I think to be compelling evidence that Saddam Hussein has, and has had for a number of years, a developing capacity for the production and storage of weapons of mass destruction.”
    — Sen. Bob Graham (D, FL), Dec. 8, 2002

    “Without question, we need to disarm Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal, murderous dictator, leading an oppressive regime … He presents a particularly grievous threat because he is so consistently prone to miscalculation … And now he is miscalculating America’s response to his continued deceit and his consistent grasp for weapons of mass destruction … So the threat of Saddam Hussein with weapons of mass destruction is real…”
    — Sen. John F. Kerry (D, MA), Jan. 23. 2003

  8. Racehorse says:

    Rumsfeld did the right thing. Krugman’s total junk shows how bad and how low things have gotten over at the Times. Everyone needs to sign off of it unless they clean house. Krugman and others there have ruined the Times and have brought total disrespect to the journalism field. Krugman’s writing dishonored the 911 victims and their families. This had no place being published when it was – poor judgment. I am no Rumsfeld fan, but in this his action and opinions are totally right.

  9. Sam says:


    Good for you to not allow your distaste of Rumsfeld to taint your reaction to Krugman like others here have done.

  10. Michael says:

    @Sam: Yeah, I saw that on Snopes too. You’re missing a little context, however:

    Origins: All of the quotes listed above are substantially correct reproductions of statements made by various Democratic leaders regarding Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s acquisition or possession of weapons of mass destruction. However, some of the quotes are truncated, and context is provided for none of them — several of these quotes were offered in the course of statements that clearly indicated the speaker was decidedly against unilateral military intervention in Iraq by the U.S. Moreover, several of the quotes offered antedate the four nights of airstrikes unleashed against Iraq by U.S. and British forces during Operation Desert Fox in December 1998, after which Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and Gen. Henry H. Shelton (chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) announced the action had been successful in “degrad[ing] Saddam Hussein’s ability to deliver chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.”:

    You’re welcome.

  11. Ernieyeball says:

    @Racehorse: Everyone needs to sign off of it unless they clean house.

    Control freak are ya?

  12. G.A.Phillips says:

    The Times sucks!

  13. Ebenezer Arvigenius says:

    Everyone needs to sign off of it unless they clean house.

    OMG! Stalinist limitations on free speech. Fetch your muskets!

    Oh wait. That was a conservative poster and a liberal newspaper. Never mind then ….

  14. David M says:

    @Michael: The irony of that list just kills me. The air strikes Clinton ordered in 1998 actually did succeed in ending any WMD programs Iraq had, so using them to justify the later invasion is just so wrong.

  15. An Interested Party says:

    @Sam: If you are going to be as dishonest in the future, try to do a better job of covering your tracks…

  16. MarkedMan says:

    Rumsfield? The torture guy? Is disgusted by Krugman? Wow. Irony on so many levels my head is going to explode.

  17. Anderson says:

    Rumsfeld *had* a NYT subscription to cancel?

    That alone would disqualify him from seeking the GOP nomination in 2012. Good thing he’s not running.