On Wednesday, his family confirmed that Donald Rumsfeld, 88, who had an admirable Washington career operating under four American presidents, has passed away. Rumsfeld’s legacy was highlighted by his controversial phase as defense secretary at the time of the Iraq War.
He was a confident aide with an incisive style and had a twisting and long tenure in public life that covered 5 decades. Rumsfeld was a congressperson and also a White House chief of staff. Moreover, he had an effective and successful corporate career.
Rumsfeld became secretary of defense in his second term from 2001-2006, during Afghanistan and War wars tenure, for which he became a very known personality.
Rumsfeld’s family shared sad words
In a statement, Rumsfeld’s family described that it is with intense sadness that they share the death news of Donald Rumsfeld, a United States statesman and also a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. His family continued that at the age of eighty-eight, Rumsfeld was surrounded by his family in Taos, New Mexico. They said that history might remember Rumsfeld for his extraordinary achievements over 6 decades of public service, but for those people who knew Rumsfeld best and whose lives were changed as a result, they will remember his strong love for his family and friends, his wife Joyce, and also the integrity Rumsfeld brought to life devoted to nation.
Rumsfeld’s tenure as President Ford’s defense secretary was highlighted by disdainful administration tasks regarding the direction of the United States’ changing military, and he fixed it in an instant.
Rumsfeld was serving in Pentagon’s E-Ring at the time of 9/11. Dealing with the matter in Manhattan, the Pentagon had just faced a 3rd hijacked plane. Furthermore, he once explained that he went outside, and there were little pieces of metal spread all over the grass, and there was smoke billowing up, and the flame was very clear and leaping out of the building.
After facing attacks, he was one of the senior-level officials and made great efforts along with Dick Cheney (Vice President) to order war against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. After this, their focus was interrupted by Iran, where Rumsfeld and several others claimed Saddam Hussein was holding mass destruction weapons secretly.
After this, things gone wrong because abuse of prisoners by American soldiers was showed in the Abu Ghraib jail in 2004.