Friday, May 05, 2006

Rumsfeld confronted by former CIA analyst

Donald Rumsfeld's speech before a pre-screened audience in Atlanta was punctuated by protests Thursday. Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern apparently decided to call Rumsfeld out during a question and answer session, accusing him of lying to build support for a war in Iraq.

Video is available from CNN, although Rumsfeld's questioner is not shown for most of the segment. Accounts of the event describe security officials moving in to remove McGovern from the conference room, only to be waved off at the last moment by Rumsfeld. From

When security guards tried removing McGovern, the analyst, during his persistent questioning of Rumsfeld, the defense secretary told them to let him stay. The two continued to spar.

"You're getting plenty of play," Rumsfeld told McGovern, who is an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq.

Apparently Rumsfeld is so charming and truth so elusive a concept that some mainstream reporters have accepted his claim that he did not lie, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Transcript of McGovern's challenges to Rumsfeld.