Rumsfeld is an unrepentant war criminal, neocon extremist and chump. Search the web and you find odds and sods about him but given who he is, his connections and -to put it bluntly- that he just isn’t the kind of guy who stops doing evil, well…it’s a bit like the cliché from bad jungle adventure movies -it’s quiet, too quiet. I just can’t find to my satisfaction anything that nails down what he is up to these days (unless he’s been nailed down, which would be rather…karmic). It’s idle speculation and I’m not that interested in the appalling man but every so often I wonder.
In the months after his resignation, Rumsfeld toured the New York publishing houses in preparation for a potential memoir. Such a book would reportedly be used by Rumsfeld to justify the military strategy used in Iraq under his watch. An agreement on a book deal has not been announced. According to Time magazine, Rumsfeld is also in the early stages of establishing an educational foundation that would provide fellowships to talented individuals from the private sector who want to serve for some time in government. Rumsfeld would finance the foundation. In September 2007, Rumsfeld received a one-year appointment as a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, joining (among others) retired Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, former commander of US forces in Iraq, and fellow conservatives George Shultz and Newt Gingrich. He will participate in the institution’s new task force studying post-September 11 ideology and non-state terror.
The suggestion he is working with other loonies at the Hoover Institution at Stanford and is also enthralled with the idea of a “21st century agency for global communications.” i.e. US rightwing propaganda across global media, leads to the obvious question- is this now in action? Also there was the idea that when he ‘resigned’ he still kept a desk at the Pentagon, does he still? He’s ultra-wealthy and has loads of corporate gigs, he’s a friend of Dick ‘secure undisclosed location’ Cheney and bought a mansion called Mount Misery which in the past was where slaves were brought to be beaten into subservience. So perhaps after a hard day’s plutocratic crime he whiles away the evenings conversing with the ghost of torture loving homicidal bigot Edward Covey? They’d certainly have an awful lot in common.
So if you have information as to his whereabouts and activities please let the world know and remember, don’t have nightmares*.
*You don’t need to, we’re in a waking one anyway.
Update: On 1st October Spencer Ackerman spotted him-
I stopped to get an egg sandwich at the deli next to my office and who should walk by but Donald Rumsfeld. This marks the third time I’ve seen Rumsfeld jaunting down Connecticut Avenue in the mornings, a goon in wraparound shades three steps behind him, death’s-head grimace (his version of a smile?) chiseled onto his face. Is a citizen’s arrest for war crimes a non-concept? I’d cite Jane’s book in my indictment.