left arrow road sign Bear Left!

Fact of the Week

Fact of the Week

What is it about Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and in-depth discussions? On 4 February, in an interview with Jim Lehrer of PBS, he likened the planned overhaul of American miltary forces to "when the Germans transformed their armed forces into the Blitzkrieg." For one thing, the German Army and Nazism were intertwined, so comparing any American institution to the Blitzkrieg is insensitive at best. For another, even putting any sensitivities aside, despite the vast power of the German Army in 1940, the Germans lost!

In October, he told Wolf Blitzer of CNN that the United States would not rule out using nuclear weapons in Afghanistan. Thanks to the State of the Union address, we know now that our leaders distrust Iran, Iraq, and North Korea because of their weapons of mass destruction: yet none of these countries has "refused to rule out" nuclear weapons against its enemies.

Sources: Newshour with Jim Lehrer, 4 February 2002; Department of Defense Transcript, 28 October 2001.

Our Picks for Links of the Week: 10 February 2002

Our favorite resources on the 11 September attacks and their aftermath

This Week's Links:

Click here for lots of information on Enron!

Check out our Link Library for news, opinion, and just plain interesting stuff!

Bear Left!: link library | archives | privacy statement | about us

"Bear left!"/"Right, Frog!" (Kermit and Fozzie, The Muppet Movie)

Want to reprint a Bear Left! original work? Write us and ask (we don't bite)!

Bear Left! Is © 2002 by Paul Corrigan and Tim Francis-Wright, who produce this as a public service.