Donald Rumsfeld: A “Trained Ape” would be better at U.S. diplomacy than Obama

Donald Rumsfeld: U.S. diplomacy would be better if Obama was a ‘trained ape’ (via Raw Story )

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on Monday blasted President Barack Obama’s diplomacy, saying a “trained ape” could do a better job. In an interview with Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, Rumsfeld complained that relations with…


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  1. In this case, I believe President Obama is reaping the result of his decision not to prosecute war criminals who had been responsible for torture, the use of depleted uranium and many other banned substances in populated Iraqi cities, including in Fallujah, Abu Ghraib torture chamber, etc. If the United States is a country subject to the rule of law, all those guilty of wrongdoing, including the highest officials, should be prosecuted. The blanket amnesty given to the officials of the Bush Administration who dragged the country to one of the most disastrous wars in its history on the basis of lies and manufactured intelligence did a great disservice to the United States and to the world, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who were killed and millions who were displaced. It has also set a pattern for other countries to follow, so much so that every American who accuses Russia of illegal behavior in Crimea will be regarded as a hypocrite.

    For heaven’s sake, there has not even been a serious official investigation of what happened prior and during the invasion of Iraq at least to establish the facts and expose the people who were responsible for that fiasco. Even if they are not going to be prosecuted, the public has the right to know so that such people cannot fool the public again, as they seem to be doing in the case of Iran. Even now it is not too late. People should demand that after the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq and Afghanistan there should be an open and through investigation of the facts about those two misadventures and the officials responsible for them.

  2. “Given the terrible, terrible diplomacy that the United States has conducted with Afghanistan over the last several years.”

    Rumsfeld has a point. President Obama never developed a relationship with Karzai, and in some instances, his senior staff clashed with him.

    Let us recall that Biden (as Obama’s VP candidate at the time) stormed out of a dinner with Karzai; Holbrooke shouted at Karzai and conspired to oust him from office; and a former UN official circulated rumors concerning Karzai’s mental health and drug use.

    Karzai is a Pashtun for whom honor constitutes a VERY powerful norm. He has been shamed and a Pashtun who doesn’t avenge an offense is frowned upon.

    As to the BSA, Karzai’s stalemate is a matter of politics and not revenge, in my opinion. Once his hand-picked successor, Zalmai Rassoul, is “elected,” Karzai will sign the BSA. Karzai is even moving right next to the Presidential palace once his term “expires.”

    • Karzai has his reasons for being difficult, and they seem to have little to do with who is in the White House. Part of the problem appears to be that he was almost as bad of a choice to lead a nation as Ahmed Chalabi, but with fewer paying attention and his looking striking in his robes, I guess we weren’t supposed to notice the corruption and incompetency in his administration. (The truth hurts, so I’ll be on the lookout for his vengeance.)

  3. That the same trained ape that would have done a better job than Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense? That’s one multi-faceted ape.

  4. Rumsfeld joins Romney in the delusion that Obama’s foreign policy is anything other than light years beyond what they have to offer.

    Apart from his Libya blunder, there is little fault to find with Obama’s track record.

    By the way, Nigel Farage of UKIP speaks truth: “The EU has blood on its hands in the Ukraine.” No decent person would pressure any country to choose between its neighbors. A country benefits from having good relations with all neighbors.

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