I am always amazed at the hubris of former vice president Dick Cheney and former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld. They will stop at nothing to criticize President Obama for just about any issue, even if it’s a throwback to the George W. Bush administration. During an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, Rumsfeld complained that relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai had gone “downhill like a toboggan” under President Obama, even though the George W. Bush administration’s ties with him had been “first rate.” He went on to compare the nation’s first black president to a “trained ape.”
This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius.
Strong words coming from a man who literally ran his his position after a strong of black marks, including the torture program and the photos leaked from Abu Ghraib. Let’s not forget the war crimes he directly authorized. Also evident to many, but lost on people like Rumsfeld and Cheney is the massive fraud perpetrated with the Iraq invasion and the mess they left behind in Afghanistan. Um, remember George W. Bush’s ‘mission accomplished’ stunt? All hell broke loose in the immediate aftermath with thousands of soldiers losing their lives. So, it’s laughable and bare-faced that Donald Rumsfeld (with no conscience) dares to criticize President Obama on his foreign policy.
Funny he should accuse President Obama of bungling Russia’s invasion of Crimea, when the same thing happened on his home-boy’s watch — Russia invaded Georgia. Diplomacy took a turn for the worst under the Bush administration. That’s both Bushes — father and son. So, it’s a joke that he should say America’s diplomacy is now terrible.
United States diplomacy has been so bad, so embarrassingly bad, that I’m not the least bit surprised that he felt cornered and is feeling he has to defend himself in some way or he’s not president of that country. We have so mismanaged that relationship … I personally sympathize with him to some extent. Nobody likes to hear a foreign leader side with Putin on the Crimea the way he has. But I really think it’s understandable, given the terrible, terrible diplomacy that the United States has conducted with Afghanistan over the last several years.
I think Donald Rumsfeld has forgotten a few gems he left us as a reminder of his incompetence. Speaking on Iraq in February 20013, he said, “…it’s not knowable if force will be used, but if it is to be used, it is not knowable how long that conflict would last. It could last, you know, six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.” Not the duration of the Iraq invasion — “I doubt six months.”
Second, on the matter of “weapons of mass destruction,” Rumsfeld said in March 2003, “We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.” To my know, no “weapons of mass destruction” were ever found, so should Donald Rumsfeld ever open his mouth to even compare President Obama to a ‘trained ape?’ Besides the comment being racist, it’s an insult.