Rumsfeld Bites Back

A spokesman for Donald Rumsfeld released a statement denying the former Secretary of Defense was involved in the Bible quotes adorning the “World Intelligence Update” security reports GQ revealed last weekend. “The report was briefed regularly to senior military officials in the Pentagon—only occasionally to the Secretary of Defense and not to the President of the United States,” the spokesman, Keith Urbahn, wrote. Rumsfeld did not compose, approve of, or personally show any of the covers to President Bush, he continued. “When [Robert] Draper goes back and checks reality against his reporting, he might also check whether GQ is in need of a new gossip columnist,” Urbahn said in a dig at the article’s writer. Draper wrote that Rumsfeld used inspirational quotes on security briefings he hand-delivered to the president in order to curry favor with his religious boss.