The City Summer 2011

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S U M M E R 2011

RUMSFELD & HIS CREED [known0and0unknown{ A Conversation with Donald Rumsfeld Benjamin Domenech for The City: We are honored to have as our guest for this issue’s interview Donald Rumsfeld, one of the most influential public servants in American history. His recent best‐selling memoir, Known and Unknown (Sentinel, 2011), caps a career which saw him serve as both the youngest and the oldest person to serve as Secretary of Defense. For half a century, he has played a prominent role in shaping global affairs and the foreign, trade, and defense policy of the nation. He spoke to us in his Washington office. According to your book, we share a hero, albeit in different formats. When I was young I would get up at 5:00 in the morning to see the Lone Ranger on television in black and white.

Donald Rumsfeld: Oh, you’re too young. He was long gone be‐ fore you got there.

The City: They still ran it at 5:00 a.m. Rumsfeld: Is that right? The City: And I’m still berated by my parents for the one morning when my younger brother was born and our babysitter allowed me to sleep in. And when she woke me up to tell me I had a new brother, the first words out of my mouth were: “You made me miss the Lone Ranger!”

Rumsfeld: (laughs) Did you read the Lone Ranger’s creed? The City: Yes, I did. [Editor’s note—the creed reads: “I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world. That God 27