Double Take

 

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THINGS WE DO NOT KNOW WE DON’T KNOW

REPORTERS:
[translated from Russian]
GOOD evening.

MALE REPORTER:
Good evening Comrades. General-Secretary of the U.S.S.R., Mikhail Gorbachev. And President of the U.S., Ronald Reagan.

RONALD REAGAN:
What if free people could live secure in the knowledge that their security did not rest upon the threat of instant U.S. retaliation to deter a Soviet attack? That we could intercept and destroy strategic ballistic missiles before they reached our own soil.

RONALD REAGAN:
But isn’t it worth every investment necessary to free the world from a threat of nuclear war?

TITLE:
50 000 NUKES
ON THE TABLE

GORBACHEV
CALLS TO ELIMINATE
WORLD ARSENAL

REAGAN
TURNS TABLE:
STAR WARS!

RONALD REAGAN:
Perhaps we need some outside universal threat. Our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet I ask you, is not an alien force already among us?

DONALD RUMSFELD (voice):
There are known knows; there are things we know that we know.

DONALD RUMSFELD (image + voice):
There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns: there are things we do not know we don’t know.