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

(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."

Osama bin Laden isn't quite Donald Rumsfeld's cup of tea.   (AP Photo/Al Jazeera, File)
Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld attends a corridor dedication ceremony for the Department of Defense Humanitarian Relief Efforts at Home and Abroad, Tuesday, May 19, 2009, at the Pentagon.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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