Video: Rumsfeld, "Henny Penny the sky is falling" and Iran
On last night's episode of the Daily Show, host Jon Stewart gave the best reason yet why the American public can expect war with Iran. Hint: "Henny Penny, the sky is falling." It looks like another name for Rumsfeld is "veja vu". If you didn't see last night's show, you probably don't know what on earth I am writing about. In a nut-shell, Jon Stewart uncovered last night that Donald Rumsfeld denied the Iran war rumors on April 11th in the exact same way he denied the rumors about an Iraqi insurgency in April of 2003:
If you can't watch the video, follow along with this transcript. Here are Secretary Rumsfeld's comments on April 11, 2006:
RUMSFELD: "You know, someone comes up with an idea; runs it in a magazine or a paper; other papers pick it up and reprint it; editorialists then say, oh, 'Henny Penny the sky is falling.'"
Now compare that with Rumsfeld's comments on April 11, 2003 (yes, exactly three years to the day before the Iran comments):
RUMSFELD: "I picked up a newspaper today, and I couldn't believe it. I read eight headlines that talked about chaos, violence, unrest -- and it was just, 'Henny Penny the sky is falling.' I've never seen anything like it.
You know how sometimes you can tell when some people you know are lying? Well, when you hear "Henny Penny the sky is falling" come out of the mouth of Secretary Rumsfeld, you can expect the opposite of what he says to happen.
If you have never heard the "Henny Penny" phrase before and want to know where it comes from, Wilkipedia has the answer for you.