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Ranger’s widow expelled from Rumsfeld book signing

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 29, 2011

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld begins to sign a copy of his book for Jorge Gonzalez while Ashley Joppa-Hagemann looks on. Gonzalez and Joppa-Hagemann were later escorted from the event Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Mrs. Joppa-Hagemann introduced herself by handing a copy of her husband’s funeral program to Rumsfeld, and telling him that her husband had joined the military because he believed the lies told by Rumsfeld during his tenure with the Bush administration.

The News Tribune August 29,2011

Two people were removed from a Donald Rumsfeld book signing Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, including the Yelm widow of an Army Ranger who blames the military for her husband’s suicide.

Security officers for the former secretary of defense escorted Ashley Joppa-Hagemann out by the arm, she said Saturday. She and Jorge Gonzalez, the executive director of Coffee Strong, a Lakewood-based anti-war group, confronted Rumsfeld as he promoted his memoir, “Known and Unknown.”

According to an account posted on Coffee Strong’s website: “Mrs. Joppa-Hagemann introduced herself by handing a copy of her husband’s funeral program to Rumsfeld, and telling him that her husband had joined the military because he believed the lies told by Rumsfeld during his tenure with the Bush administration.”

Joppa-Hagemann complained about Rumsfeld’s response Friday to her account of Staff Sgt. Jared Hagemann’s multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and his death at age 25. Hagemann belonged to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.

The website said Rumsfeld’s “only response was to callously quip, ‘Oh yeah, I heard about that.’”

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One Response to “Ranger’s widow expelled from Rumsfeld book signing”

  1. daffodils said

    They say she caused a “disturbance” and had to be removed. I wish she had a guillotine ready. Suicide is not a “disturbance”, except for the likes of armchair Rumsfeld who never had to face a real foe.

    Well let me tell you Rumsfeld and the guy he hired and groomed decades earlier named Cheney, who’s shares in Halliburton increased 3000 per cent since they both lied the country into war and infamy and then turned it into a sorry broke joke while they are raking it in with deceptive books: none of them served in Nam, all got fatcat deferrment but were gungho about sending others into war.

    Rumsfeld lost Iraq because he thought he could run a war lean and mean, like a business to deliberatey draw it out and rake in more, and ended up fucking everything up.

    She is exactly right with her claim, he did kill himself because he could not bear the contradictions and lies and Rumsfeld et al knows they were responsible and could not face her calm question so his widow was shoved out.

    How pathetic.

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