Rumsfeld: I Would Have Sent Osama to Gitmo
But defense secretary wouldn't have gone to visit
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2011 11:11 AM CST
Osama bin Laden isn't quite Donald Rumsfeld's cup of tea.   (AP Photo/Al Jazeera, File)

(Newser) – If the US had ever come up with Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda honcho would likely have headed straight to Gitmo: “He’d probably be subjected to a military commission,” Donald Rumsfeld told CNN today. But the defense secretary says he wouldn't have visited: "No. He's not my type." Of course, the whole line of speculation is a moot point, but Politico notes that Rumsfeld seemed to dodge some of the blame: "We wanted to find him and we haven’t,” Rumsfeld said. “A manhunt is not what the Department of Defense is organized, trained, and equipped to do." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial:

  • The House GOP's proposed cuts are "irresponsible and reckless," says Rep. Chris Van Hollen, jabbing back at John Boehner's "So be it" response to resulting job losses.
  • But President Obama's "failed to lead" on deficit reduction, responded Rep. Paul Ryan, so "we intend to pick up where he left off." But "We're not looking for a government shutdown."
  • "Everything has to be on the table," in budget talks, says Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn, "from social security to the defense department."

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Feb 21, 2011 3:35 AM CST
I would have brainwashed them with my freaking thick Sixth Gospel shit all if only they had let me at their intellectual "harm's" length.
Feb 20, 2011 6:42 PM CST
If....If.....If His fake house-plants wouldn't have died IF he had only pretended to water them!
Feb 20, 2011 5:08 PM CST
Cons would have done all kinds of rough and tough of things but the Limbaugh ass pimple virus has just been murder on them. Too much physical activity causes them to flare up so the the best thing for them to do is to sit in well padded chairs behind mahogany desks and take long lunches.