Rumsfeld Says He Has No Regrets

Ex-defense secretary sleeps just fine, thank you; still backs Bush
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2007 7:50 PM CDT
Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007 (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Ever unflappable, Donald Rumsfeld praises progress in Afghanistan, backs his old boss, and tells GQ he has nothing to apologize for in his first interview since his ouster in December. Rummy still exudes the confidence he was known for in office, dismissing questions of guilt in Iraq, saying, "I am not a person who looks back."

The interview, in the surprisingly intimate setting of Rumsfeld's ranch in Taos, NM, runs the gamut from his unaccepted resignation after the Abu Ghraib disgrace, proposed foundation to explore microlending in the post-Soviet republics, and if it "freaked him out" to see his face on shooting targets found in an Iraqi terrorist training camp: "No. Not really."