How to Get Pleasure from Avoiding Reality While Being In the Midst of It

“May 29, Subject: Important Countries
We ought to give some thought to picking eight or ten important countries, asking ourselves what we think we would like them to look like five or ten years from now, and then fashioning plans to achieve that. Certainly Ukraine would be one of them.” Harper’s Magazine / May 2011, p. 22

Rumsfeld is a typical globalist. Instead of thinking about his own country (how to protect/defend it better), he thinks about manipulative intervention into other countries’ inner affairs. Mentioning Ukraine in this context is explosive – it is located right under the nose of Russia. Just think what the presence of American weapon systems on the Ukrainian soil will mean for the Russians and for the global stability. But Rumsfeld ends with his pleasant idea of using Ukraine without considering the reality of “complications” which will follow.

“October11, Subject: Quote
“Before the thugs, go the liars”. Hitler had to fashion a concept of racial superiority to achieve his goal of power. Communists fashioned the concept of economic communism and socialism, so that they could justify seizing power.” Harper’s…. p. 22 – 23

Here with words “seizing power”, Rumsfeld again reached such a pleasurable satisfaction that he ends there with a period. Let’s continue instead of him his lines about Hitler and the Russian Communists. The American right wing ruling elite during eight years of BCR rule – trio of Bush (tenor), Cheney (bas), and Rumsfeld (baritone) – fashioned the concept of “American Century” (a combination of global economic domination and global military conquests) in order to justify the dictatorship of the two percent of the American population (the gold of the sun) over the rest of Americans and whole world.

“May 10, Subject: Spending Money

When people spend their own money on themselves, they are careful about how much they spend and about what they spend it on. If people spend their own money on others, they are careful about how much they spend, but not as careful about what they spend it on. If people spend other people’s money on themselves, they are not careful about how much they spend, but they are careful about what they spend it on. If people spend other people’s money on other people, they are not careful about the amount of money they spend, nor are they careful about what they spend it on. That is government.” Harper’s… p. 23

Again and again we see Rumsfeld’s proclivity to stop right after the culmination point (after all he is a typical male). The continuation here is, of course, about government in which he himself played an active role – BCR‘s ultraconservative government spending American taxpayers’ money on war in Iraq in an incredibly wasteful and irresponsible manner.

In these three examples of Rumsfeldian belletristic verbalizations we can observe the imaginary and compulsive nature of his thinking. He continues with the topics until it is easy – until it fills him with smooth satisfaction. As soon as the situation comes from imagination to reality – that is to the consequences, he stops and puts black dot. People like this “think” in order to give themselves the pleasure of imagining themselves dominating over the reality, the appropriation of reality under their control. The very moment reality enters Rumsfeld quickly ends it with a period (and moves on to the next imaginary adventure). He is not interested in encounter with the real world – when reality intervenes and puts his dreams masked as thinking out of work. This is how it happened in Iraq. But it is the others who are paying with their lives, illnesses and money for his and his buddies’ fantasies of world domination.

Donald Rumsfeld at the age of twenty three

Look at Rumsfeld’s telescopic gaze – already back then he was interested in far-away enemies.

Victor Vasnetsov, “Three Knights”, 1898

While created in 19th century this painting was used as a vehicle of a basic motif of Soviet propaganda – the necessity to watch-over-watch the sacred borders of the Soviet empire. American neo-right-wingers’ over-super-occupation with borders is a typical totalitarian phenomenon of jingoistic concentration on the enemies – to distract people from real issues including how they are duped by the decision-making power-keepers of their own country. How American neo-conservatives understand home land security is a carbon copy of Soviet provincial and sentimental jingoistic obsessions.

Look how similar is Rumsfeld’s gaze far-away with the gaze of the two senior Russian knights watching over the Russian borders. The difference is that Vasnetsov’s knights look after actual borders while Rumsfeld observes the imperial borders drawn by his imagination. They are at least occupied with the actual situation but he already in his youth was imagining future fights and the not yet seen American global empire.