Saturday, May 08, 2004

7 Days Left Until Rumsfeld Resigns

Even for a cool operator like Rumsfeld, Friday had to be stressful. Grilled by the Senate. Grilled by the House. Worst pictures are to come. Horrific video is in there, too.

Since Donnie deserves a light weekend, we're going to shift gears today on the Rumsfeld Retrospective. Today, we focus on a Donald Rumsfeld that few people know.

Donnie the Father of Diet Soda: The Chief Executive of G. D. Searle

Source: Yahoo,,

Rumsfeld was CEO, President and Chairman of G.D. Searle & Co. from 1977 to 1985, during which time Searle received FDA approval of Aspartame (Nutrasweet).

Rumsfeld must have been something of an AWOL executive for a few of these years at Searle, because he managed to stay on at Searle while serving various terms as:

- Member of the President's General Advisory Committee on Arms Control (1982 - 1986)
- President Reagan's Special Envoy on the Law of the Sea Treaty (1982 - 1983)
- Senior Advisor to President Reagan's Panel on Strategic Systems (1983 - 1984)
- Member of the U.S. Joint Advisory Commission on U.S./Japan Relations (1983 - 1984)
- President Reagan's Special Envoy to the Middle East (1983 - 1984)
Source: Wikipedia
Of all those government "hobby" posts, maybe Rumsfeld can look to his time as Special Envoy for guidance. His resignation letter from that position probably bears quite a bit of similarity to the letter that he'll deliver in 7 days time.

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