I have found this quote all over the internet:
“Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.” — Donald Rumsfeld
Curiously, I have not found a single professional news source for this quote, even though I have searched the Google News, New York Times, Washington Post and Lexis-Nexis archives for the past two years. I have also searched through the transcripts at dod.gov and whitehouse.gov and found nothing.
The first reference I can find to this apparent quote is in June of 2003 in a piece by Will Durst for the Progressive. But Durst does not provide his source.
Can you find a source for this quotation? Or is this quotation fake?