The hour-long live conversation Tuesday night between CNN’s Piers Morgan and former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld covered most of the expected bases: 9/11, Saddam Hussein, the War on Terror, Guantanamo Bay. Oh, and Charlie Sheen.
Asking about Rumsfeld’s son Nick, who battled drug addiction during some of the most tense moments of the Bush Administration, Morgan asked if Rumsfeld ever feared he’d “lost” his son. “Of course,” Rumsfeld answered. “Drug addiction is such a terrible, terribly difficult thing.” Rumsfeld has written in his book about his son’s addiction, leading Morgan to ask what advice Rumsfeld might have for Martin Sheen. “I guess the only thing I could say is hope. You can be hopeful because there are enormous amounts of people in this country who are in good recoveries.”
Rumsfeld’s son, he reports, is in recovery, happily married with kids.
In another strange exchange, Morgan asks about Rumsfeld’s preference for working while standing, rather than sitting. Morgan said he thought standing at a desk was “weird,” to which Rumsfeld responded, “sitting is weird. I can’t imagine why you do it.”
Watch it here, from CNN:
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