Former Navy pilot Donald Rumsfeld led the war in Afghanistan in the fall of 2001 after 9/11 attacks and was the architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Donald Rumsfeld, a former hawk and Pentagon leader under George W. Bush, the man of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, has died in New Mexico at the age of 88, his family announced Wednesday. Former Navy pilot Donald Rumsfeld led the war in Afghanistan in the fall of 2001 after the September 11 attacks and was the architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
“He may go down in history for his extraordinary achievements in six decades of public service.” Further “Those who know him well” Will remember “For his unwavering love for his wife Joyce, his family and friends, and for the honesty he brought to a life dedicated to his country”, His relatives said in a statement.
“An exemplary civil servant”
The rapid overthrow of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan gave him a strong position in the Bush administration, but his reputation was tarnished by the US military stagnation in Iraq and his exposure of the Abu scandal. Crib in April 2004. Photographs of Iraqi prisoners tortured and humiliated by US soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison have sparked global outrage.
Donald Rumsfeld led the Pentagon from 1975 to 1977 and then from 2001 to 2006. For the first time he was the youngest Secretary of Defense, and by his return in 2001 he had become the oldest person to lead the Pentagon. “These six years represent a short period of time. It reminds me of Winston Churchill’s statement: ‘I have used criticism heavily and I have never lost it.’, He announced in 2006. Wrestling champion, he was a young delegate to Congress and later US Ambassador to NATO (1973-1974), Gerald Ford (1974-75), Secretary of Defense (1975-77) and Republican nominee for the 1988 presidential election.
“America is safe” Thanks to Donald Rumsfeld, former President George W. Bush has welcomed the former head of the Pentagon, whose death was announced Wednesday. “We mourn an exemplary civil servant, a good man.”, Said the former U.S. president.