Rumsfeld to Obama: Hey, Wars Have Consequences

He also faults president for having an unclear mission
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2011 5:13 PM CDT
Donald Rumsfeld Criticizes President Obama for Unclear Goals on Libya Mission
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld speaks during an event to kick off his "Known and Unknown" book tour last month.   (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)

(Newser) – Glass houses, alert: Donald Rumsfeld thinks the US intervention in Libya—or at least the way President Obama is going about it—is misguided. The former defense chief tells Politico that President Obama has presented a muddled set of goals, resulting in an unclear mission. The problem involves the international coalition, he said. "You decide what it is you want to do and then you get other countries to assist you in doing that. And, in this case, it looks like just the opposite was done, that the coalition is trying to determine the mission and it’s confused."

Rumsfeld cautioned about the consequences: “One has to make sure that whatever you do in Libya is done with an awareness that it’s going to have an effect—either a favorable or an unfavorable—effect in Egypt and in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.” (Read more Libya stories.)

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