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Reality deficit disorder

A new documentary reveals Donald Rumsfeld as a man burdened neither by reflection nor remorse

By Ian Buruma   April 2014

Donald Rumsfeld (left), then US Secretary of Defence, and Vice President Dick Cheney in 2001 ©David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

Apart from unleashing two wars, at a catastrophic human and financial cost, the government of George W Bush will always be remembered for the following statement made by a presidential aide, thought to be Karl Rove, to the journalist Ron Suskind. Liberal reporters like Suskind, the aide said, were part of a “realitybased community,” the type of suckers who believe that solutions emerge from “judicious…

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