Rumsfeld: Obama Is Rushing to War
Iraq architect believes Washington hasn't justified military action
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 29, 2013 12:53 PM CDT
Then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld speaks at a Pentagon news conference to criticize Iraq for continuing to fire on US and British warplanes patrolling over two no-fly zones, Sept. 30, 2002.   (AP Photos/Susan Walsh, File)

(Newser) – The architect of the Iraq war believes that President Obama hasn't given sufficient justification for military action against Syria. "There really hasn't been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is" in Syria, Donald Rumsfeld tells CNN. He continues:

  • "When you think about what’s really important in that region—it’s Iran’s nuclear program and the relationship between Iran and Syria, the Assad regime, with respect to terrorists that go around killing innocent men, women and children, including Americans."

At the same time, Rumsfeld thinks the administration has said too much about what it might do. "I can’t imagine what they’re thinking," he said. "The idea of demystifying for the enemy what you're going to do is mindless." Of course, even if Rumsfeld had a point, he'd be a really terrible messenger for it, given his role in Iraq, argues Steve Benen at Rachel Maddow's blog. "If Rumsfeld is out of the penalty box and welcome to appear in public again, at an absolute minimum, he should avoid claiming any degree of credibility on the use of force," he writes.

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t1grant
Sep 2, 2013 11:49 PM CDT
Everyone, here is a site to get your Senators and Congressman by districts information to write and voice your opposition to everything that is and has been going on!!! Time to flood them with e-mails and let the public servants do our bidding! http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
cornelison
Aug 31, 2013 9:57 PM CDT
Rummy has read numerous books on motivation, managing others, leadership skills and manipulation. What he forgot was to read a book on retirement that says it's over so shut your damned mouth.
aliceberg
Aug 31, 2013 12:51 PM CDT
Oh, no, he didn't?!?!