Donald Rumsfeld, who as George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defense was not so much the architect of the Iraq war as its finger painter, he’s dead at 88.
In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Rumsfeld led a US military attack on Afghanistan that led to the overthrow of the Taliban. Two years later, Rumsfeld oversaw the US invasion of Iraq, a move aimed at ousting then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Rumsfeld, who initially earned praise for leading the US military into conflict, was later criticized when the nation grew weary of the Iraq war. In 2004, Rumsfeld was blamed after photos surfaced of US soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners held at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Rumsfeld resigned as Secretary of Defense in 2006 and was replaced by Robert Gates.