Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld dead at 88
Donald Rumsfeld, the double secretary of defense and former presidential candidate whose reputation as a skillful bureaucrat and visionary of a modern US military has been marred by the long and costly Iraq war, has died, his family said in a statement. communicated. He was 88 years old.
Seen by former colleagues as equally intelligent and combative, patriotic and politically cunning, Rumsfeld has had a busy career under four presidents and nearly a quarter of a century in American business.
In 2001, he began his second tour as Pentagon chief under President George W. Bush, but his plans to “transform” the armed forces were overshadowed by the September 11 attacks.
He oversaw the US invasion of Afghanistan and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq in 2003, where he was blamed for setbacks including the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal and his slowness in recognizing an insurgency violent.