“Each of you and future generations of Americans, as well as future generations of Iraqis and Afghans, will be able to look on these past years as a time of enormous challenge and historic consequence.”

See full article, at the Washington Post here.

And, so, Donald Rumsfeld marches off into the bleak, no-man’s land of history yet to be written — waiting only to be portrayed by Christian Slater, some 20-25 years from now, in an HBO mini-series based on Bob Woodward’s Bush administration trilogy.

Here’s how we will remember him here at the Cocktail Hour — as a great American poet:

The Unknown
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don’t know
We don’t know.

—Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing, quoted from Hart Seely’s ‘The Poetry of D.H. Rumsfeld.’