The purpose of this article was to draw a comparison between Donald Rumsfeld and Rasputin. Here was the introductory spread.
Rasputin spend his earlier years extorting money from Russian Orthodox priests who did not want him to disturb their services.
Rasputin convinced hundreds of girls to sleep with him by convincing them that he was a vehicle for salvation.
At the time, the Russian royal family was very intrigued by mysticism. This left them susceptible to Rasputin.
Priests and monks had a good deal of power in the court.
Rasputin arrived in the capital of St. Petersburg after years as a wandering holy man. He smelled terrible.
He treated the hemophilia of the empress' son, instantly gaining him favor and respect.
Rasputin became ubiquitous around the royal palace and in high society. He also spent a lot of time at the brothels, drunk.
Pyotr Stolypin became prime minister and tried to rid the court of Rasputin's corrupt influences. He failed and was assassinated.
Rasputin convinced the emperor to join the troops of Russia on the front lines of WWI. They were being crushed by the Germans. While the emperor was gone, Rasputin enjoyed even more power.
Under Rasputin's manipulative hand, Russia crumbled.
Prince Felix Yusupov assassinated Rasputin, though it wasn't easy. He had to poison, shoot, beat, castrate, and drown Rasputin to finally make him stay dead.
Shortly after Rasputin's death, Russians rose up in the Communist Revolution.
A crowd convened to burn the body of Rasputin - a body that stood for great evil and the failures of tsarist Russia. During the burning, Rasputin's body sat up as a result of his tendons not being properly severed beforehand. Everybody freaked out.
Rumsfeld was a terrible Secretary of Defense. Like Rasputin, he manipulated Bush with faulty intelligence reports skewed with religious imagery. He was also a huge jerk.
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