Rumsfeld blames Bush low ratings on the failures of our history teachers





According to a blog post by Arianna Huffington, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld believes that the ignorance of history is of grave concern:

"I think the biggest problem we've got in the country is people don't study history anymore. People who go to school in high schools and colleges, they tend to study current events and call it history... There are just too darn few people in our country who study history enough."

"There's never been a popular war. You can't name a popular war. There isn't such a thing."

"George Washington was almost fired."

"The Civil War was the ugliest thing -- carnage. 10,000, 15,000 people killed in a battle."

"Same thing in World War II... Franklin Roosevelt was one of the most hated people in the country and he was President of the United States. He was Commander-in-Chief. He did a terrific job."



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Samuel Harrison Rankin - 3/13/2006

the good secretary should be informed from history, his cited examples, that Washington was careful to avoid battles he could not win and Lincoln appointed a competent Secretary of War in Edwin Stanton.


Jon Demarest Rudd - 3/12/2006

"Same thing in World War II... Franklin Roosevelt was one of the most hated people in the country and he was President of the United States. He was Commander-in-Chief. He did a terrific job."

Actually FDR's Gallup approval rating never dropped below 66% for the duration of the war. I suppose Rummy was generalizing on the basis of Republican attitudes towards Roosevelt which--to put it mildly--were not a representative cross-section of US public opinion.


Harley Ray Miller - 3/10/2006

Has anyone polled history professors to see how many support the War? My gut impression is that a majority of professors (one assumes they do know their history) are against the war. I suspect Mr Rumsfeld should be happy so many Americans are relatively ignorant of history or the recent polls would be even worse for this administration.

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