The Unknown Known

Opens May 23, 2014
All generalizations are false. Including this one." So runs the central paradox in the body of wisdom known as "Rumsfeld's Rules." The secretary of defense under Gerald Ford (he was appointed at age 33) and George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld claims his rules guided the policies he championed, including launching wars against Afghanistan and Iraq. Oscar-winning director Errol Morris offers up history through the prism of the Rumsfeld Doctrine, but this is more an inquiry into the philosophy of language than an unpacking of historical fact.

"A cat-and-mouse game in which each player thinks he's the cat, making it both thrilling and disconcerting to watch." (AO Scott, The New York Times)

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