Baghdad, Iraq. The American University of Iraq. Former Secretary of Defense Donald H. “Rummy” Rumsfeld was awarded two honorary PhDs today. One in quantum mechanics, and theoretical physics and the other in Poetry here at the American University in Iraq.
In one of his explanations of why we were winning the unnecessary war we started against a small 3rd world country (with a poorly trained and poorly armed military) which is to say why we were winning a war we could logically be expected to be winning, Rumsfeld postulated the existence of three universes –
The Known Known,
The Known Unknown, and
The Unknown Unknown.
His work also postulated by corollary the existence of a fourth universe, the Unknown Known universe.
The first two are universes everybody knows (or doesn’t know) about.
1 the known universe that we know about – that’s the known known.
2 the unknown universe we know we don’t know about – that’s the known unknown.
But remember, Rummy was part of the non-reality based administration. This unreality based administration, also known as the surreal administration, some even say the unConstitutional Administration. For him there is also
3) the unknown universe we don’t know about – the unknown unknown.
And this work also postulates the existence of a fourth universe – the known universe we don’t know about – the unknown known. You might think this is related to the unknown universe we know about. And you might be right.
As noted, the war in Iraq is a war we could logically expect to be winning – except when you factor in facts on the ground, i.e, “factors” such as humanity, discipline, pride and passion on the part of “the enemy” that planners don’t like to factor in. The enemy, you see, isn’t supposed to love freedom unless it’s freedom to sell us their oil and be occupied by us. And the fact that our armed forces were less than they would have needed to be to completely occupy the country and suppress resistance, and our army wasn’t as well equipped at it should have been either, but as Rumsfeld once said, “You go to war with the army you have.” (And as Bush and Cheney once might have said “You don’t go to war if you can get out of it.”)