In April 2003 following the U.S. invasion of Iraq, then Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said this of looting and lawlessness in Baghdad –
“While no one condones looting, one can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of repression and people who have had members of their family killed by that regime. And I don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t accept it as part of the price of getting from a repressed regime to freedom.” – https://edition.cnn.com/2003/US/04/11/sprj.irq.pentagon/
Another time, place, defense secretary and president in U.S. history. Words spoken by a man who orchestrated invasion of Iraq, the man who authorized waterboarding, deprivation and torture of prisoners in violation of the Geneva Conventions. A man who said “stuff happens” when asked about unrest in Iraq. The same man who said he didn’t think anyone wouldn’t accept looting and lawlessness as part of the price of getting from a repressed regime to freedom.
Ponder Rumsfeld’s words in the context of what’s happening in America tonight.