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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 02/20/2011

Donald Rumsfeld: I wouldn't visit bin Laden in Gitmo, 'he's not my type'

By Emi Kolawole

Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld joined CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley to discuss his new memoir, "Known and Unknown."

Asked what kept him up at night Rumsfeld said, "The concern I had the information we had was imperfect."

When Crowley floated the idea that the United States would likely not have gone into war had it been revealed Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction Rumsfeld said, "I think that's probably right."

"We were so busy fighting the war," he said, "I think there clearly were moments when we talked about" whether we had doubts about the rationale for the war. Rumsfeld also called former secretary of state Colin Powell "an honorable man," saying he believed every word he said during his now oft-cited address to the United Nations in 2003.

Rumsfeld reiterated his assessment that the United States would not be in Afghanistan 10 years from now, saying that the war was "not a conventional" one and that it would be won "not by bullets, but ideas."

Asked about the Obama administration's approach to counterterrorism following then-candidate Obama's heavy criticism of the Bush administration, Rumsfeld said, "I do think they were wrong in attacking the Bush administration structures which have kept this country safe" over the last 10 years.

"I think he has made a practice of trying to apologize for America," Rumsfeld said when asked whether Obama had transformed America into a beacon to the world in the wake of the Bush administration. Rumsfeld said he believed the impression was wrong, since there was no detail to support it. "He'd been in office fifteen minutes," said Rumsfeld, claiming that the Nobel Peace Prize had been given to Obama a "based on hope."

On the subject of Guantanamo Bay, Rumsfeld said, "No one wants to be the jailer for the world," going on to say that, regardless of how he felt about the camp, the same fate would befall Osama bin Laden if he were captured, followed by a trial by a military commission. Asked if he would go down to see him, Rumsfeld said, "No, he's not my type."

By Emi Kolawole  | February 20, 2011; 10:54 AM ET
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As I recall everyone was on board - liberal rhetoric shows a tremendous hindsight capability coupled with the attention span of a palisied civil war veteran.

Posted by: TheDave1 | February 23, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Such a "DUMMY", this idiot:

Asked about the Obama administration's approach to counterterrorism following then-candidate Obama's heavy criticism of the Bush administration, Rumsfeld said, "I do think they were wrong in attacking the Bush administration structures which have kept this country safe" over the last 10 years.

So, Rummy...what about the following years...just how many young Americans have lost their lives, destroyed their mental/physical/family lives just because of your stupid decisions...?

Do you really think Bush 43, Cheney, Rove, you, and a hand full of 'Bushies' should not be held unaccountable for any and all actions related to the total destruction of thousands upon thousands of human lives...?

It is my view, all of you, each and every individual is no less accessible to a full and complete prosecution of war crimes against humanity than any of those committed and carried forward by all German/Japanese/Italy terrorists during any previous/prior war of and against these United States of America and her citizen/defenders.

If there ever was a demonstration of domestic terrorism, these are all guilty of same...why?, for the soul satisfaction of self-enrichment of finance...,be damned lives sacrificed for "my" gain, as long is there is no 'loss' of me or any of my 'family'.

Since day one, it has been the responsibility to feed and favor big business, Capital America, Corporate America, Corrupt America, to never entertain the needs of the hourly/basic American dream.

Why...?

Because there is no $$$ in the basic American Dream, only in the conflagration of Corporate/Corrupt America's donations, it's alcoholic back-slapping 'good-ol-boy' 'give me/give you' $$$ & republican lies that prosper the Republican Party, never truth, honesty, respect.

Gees...when was the last time any Republican can remember any ethics committee offering a favorable report...on any entity offered at any time...?

Nixon/DeLay/Cheney/Newt/Bush43/Rumsfeld/Rove/Agnew/Mitchell/Quayle/Palin/McCain/Tea Party/McConnell/Boehner/DeMint/Joe Wilson/Sessions/Bachmann/Tea Party...etc..

A family of whining sniveling third grade expelled school yard bullies/losers.

So goes the Republican Party, a party of greed, theft, corruption, graft, deception, lies, manipulation, in church one day a week for show...in sin the other six days a week for profit.

"It's no longer the 'Grand Old Party', GOP.

Not.

Today it's 'Gang Of Prostitutes', GOP,any thing for a vote/$$$."

Posted by: Nipit | February 22, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Such a "DUMMY", this idiot:

Asked about the Obama administration's approach to counterterrorism following then-candidate Obama's heavy criticism of the Bush administration, Rumsfeld said, "I do think they were wrong in attacking the Bush administration structures which have kept this country safe" over the last 10 years.

So, Rummy...what about the following years...just how many young Americans have lost their lives, destroyed their mental/physical/family lives just because of your stupid decisions...?

Do you really think Bush 43, Cheney, Rove, you, and a hand full of 'Bushies' should not be held unaccountable for any and all actions related to the total destruction of thousands upon thousands of human lives...?

It is my view, all of you, each and every individual is no less accessible to a full and complete prosecution of war crimes against humanity than any of those committed and carried forward by all German/Japanese/Italy terrorists during any previous/prior war of and against these United States of America and her citizen/defenders.

If there ever was a demonstration of domestic terrorism, these are all guilty of same...why?, for the soul satisfaction of self-enrichment of finance...,be damned lives sacrificed for "my" gain, as long is there is no 'loss' of me or any of my 'family'.

Since day one, it has been the responsibility to feed and favor big business, Capital America, Corporate America, Corrupt America, to never entertain the needs of the hourly/basic American dream.

Why...?

Because there is no $$$ in the basic American Dream, only in the conflagration of Corporate/Corrupt America's donations, it's alcoholic back-slapping 'good-ol-boy' 'give me/give you' $$$ & republican lies that prosper the Republican Party, never truth, honesty, respect.

Gees...when was the last time any Republican can remember any ethics committee offering a favorable report...on any entity offered at any time...?

Nixon/DeLay/Cheney/Newt/Bush43/Rumsfeld/Rove/Agnew/Mitchell/Quayle/Palin/McCain/Tea Party/McConnell/Boehner/DeMint/Joe Wilson/Sessions/Bachmann/Tea Party...etc..

A family of whining sniveling third grade expelled school yard bullies/losers.

So goes the Republican Party, a party of greed, theft, corruption, graft, deception, lies, manipulation, in church one day a week for show...in sin the other six days a week for profit.

"It's no longer the 'Grand Old Party', GOP.

Not.

Today it's 'Gang Of Prostitutes', GOP,any thing for a vote/$$$."

Posted by: Nipit | February 22, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Rummy wouln't visit Obama at Gitmo because Rummy wouldn't be able to find him. And if Rummy believed Obama had weapons of mass destruction, he wouldn't be able to find those either. And when Rummy says anything, he can't find the truth either. He just sort of bombs all around it.

Posted by: klakey1 | February 22, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Rummy would visit Obama at Gitmo because Rummy wouldn't be able to find him.

Posted by: klakey1 | February 22, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Rummy:

Go away, old man.

Posted by: drazen1 | February 21, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Sure do not agree with Rumsfeld on everything, but he has Obama pegged!

For Pete's sake -- Germany, France and Great Britain have told the world that multiculturalism DOES NOT WORK!

Answer the following questions:
*Where are we with the north Korean issue?
*Where are we with the Iranian issue? Obama had an opportunity in the summer of 2009 to side with the protesters BUT HE FAILED!
*Where are we with respect to 'Middle East Peace'? Heard anything from George Mitchell lately?
*Look at the morass we are in in Afghanistan, and Obama appears to be pulling out all stops to pull out a long term defeat from the jaws of victory in Iraq!
*How many former presidents received a dressing down from the King of Saudi Arabia for statements made by Obama?
*How many previous presidents have kow towed to China the way Obama has?
*Why has Obama consistently bowed to the pressure from Russia? WHY?
*Why has Obama failed to get on with the trade agreement with Columbia -- which could mean jobs for the US?

SHOW US A COUNTRY THAT FEELS THE US IS STRONGER TODAY THAN IT WAS IN 2008 -- NOT COUNTING THE ECONOMIC STRENGTH AT THE TIME! Those I talk to overseas think we have a weak, socialist novice in the White House, that is so full of himself a 'pound of Exlax' would not clean him out!

PS: Why was he not invited to the Royal Wedding???? For Pete's sake, he sent the Churchill Bust back to the Brits, and he gave the queen an iPod with all of his speeches!!!!

Posted by: wheeljc | February 21, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfeld should be in Gitmo.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 21, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

What a joke Rummy is, the man is trying to rewrite history. He helped lead the nation into a war with false info (WMD), presided over Abu Gharaib, told President Bush countless lies, got fired and now he is trying to blame Powell! Only in the fantasy world of wing nuts can this be happening. Amazing, I still think he goes down to the Pentagon every morning, still thinks he SOD. Sometimes, it is best to go gently into the good night.

Posted by: ruraledcomm | February 20, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

MR. STEPHANOPOULOS: Finally, weapons of mass destruction. Key goal of the military campaign is finding those weapons of mass destruction. None have been found yet. There was a raid on the Answar Al-Islam Camp up in the north last night. A lot of people expected to find ricin there. None was found. How big of a problem is that? And is it curious to you that given how much control U.S. and coalition forces now have in the country, they haven't found any weapons of mass destruction?

SEC. RUMSFELD: Not at all. If you think -- let me take that, both pieces -- the area in the south and the west and the north that coalition forces control is substantial. It happens not to be the area where weapons of mass destruction were dispersed. We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat.


War criminal, murderer of tens of thousands, destroyer of the USA

Posted by: lichtme | February 20, 2011 11:14 PM | Report abuse

Visit GITMO? Rumsfield, Cheney, Bush, Rice and Powell should be inmates at GITMO after standing a fair trial at the Hague.

Posted by: craiggger | February 20, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that he actually tried to blame Powell for the wrong intellignce. What a sleazeball. What a cretin. What a low=life.

Posted by: kurthunt | February 20, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfeld's got a nerve trying to pin the WMD lies on Powell. It was Rumsfeld and Cheney's own 'Office of Special Plans', based in the Pentagon, that fabricated all the 'evidence'.

That includes the Niger Forgery, forged by Larry Franklin, a staffer at the OSP, who would later be sentenced to 13 years as an Israeli spy.

Powell was just the frontman. The idea that Rumsfeld would be taken in by his UN presentation is laughable - these were Rumsfeld's own lies that Powell was pushing.

Posted by: JenDray | February 20, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

to the contrary Rummy, u and Bin Laden are identical and deserve each other. so a connubial visit is worthwhile and warranted. you can be water-boarded together. :)

Posted by: tedri_50 | February 20, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking forward to seeing Rumsfeld in
The Hague.

Posted by: DJ_Spanky | February 20, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

While I am sure Candy Crowley is a nice person, this ridiculous "lob ball" interview with Rumsfeld is typical of her weak, supplicating, gullible, coverage of the Pentagon for ten years. If Rumsfeld told her the moon was made of green cheese and cats are dogs, she'd breathlessly and grinningly report it on national TV as gospel. In all fairness, the other Pentagon correspondents are equally embarassing and seem to suffer no qualms about their failed performance over the years. The Defense Department couldn't be more thrilled with them!

Separately, why does the WP keep giving coverage to Rumsfeld when he demonstrates repeatedly his inability to tell the truth? Does the WP hope to benefit from his "revisionism" given its own woeful record on Iraq and other Bush blunders? Just wondering.

Posted by: DCsandiego | February 20, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfeld is a lying white suprimacist. He revels in killing arab civilians in iraq. His republican party headed by regan trained alqaeda to fight russians, when alqaeda turned on him he took revenge from innocent iraqi civilians.
white suprimacists suck.

Posted by: MumboJumboo | February 20, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The bold faced lie, on display for all to see...if Osama were captured....when it has been almost a decade since our multi trillion dollar intelligence apparatus has bothered to authenticate any tape, any sighting of the man we created to be poster boy for the anti-terrorism campaign in the mountains of Afghanistan. Same kind of thing Leon said last week. Guess they all got the same memo.

And to make statements about the justifications of Iraq war, without mentioning the word oil in the explanation, is simply beyond credible.

Posted by: brng | February 20, 2011 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This thug -- the same despicable goon who approved the Pentagon's notorious Office of Special Plans and its hack "analysts" -- is now voicing regrets or misgivings about the rationale for war????

Barf !!!!!!!

The statement is not QUALITATIVELY different than Hitler saying (in off-handed remarks) something like "well I'm wondering if the Gestapo and I might have had it wrong about the Jews."

Posted by: loulor | February 20, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfeld states, "I think there clearly were moments when we talked about" whether we had doubts about the rationale for the war".

~~~

What he really means, if the LIES he and the Republicans told to American's to invade Iraq would hold water long enough for their Military Contractor's to get paid and get paid BIG TIME.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 20, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

This piece of sh*t should be in jail !

Posted by: ScamfortheRich | February 20, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

War criminal

Posted by: daveque | February 20, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

WASH POST- kindly quit giving this war criminal any press...he is a disgusting parasite and should be squashed.........

Posted by: ticked | February 20, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

WASH POST- kindly quit giving this war criminal any press...he is a disgusting parasite and should be squashed.........

Posted by: ticked | February 20, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

The War About Nothing was an international lynch mob fed by lies and fought by fools.

Posted by: DJ_Spanky | February 20, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

what we have here is donald rumsfeld at his very best... but that isn't saying a lot... i just wish that these guys and all the mess they managed to create with their arrogant bungling would just go away...

8 years of tragedy and raging incompetence and trillions of dollars wasted that our grandchildren will be paying for... no, won't be reading donald's book... he's not my type...

Posted by: robinoliver | February 20, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

The sad TRUTH is the Osama bin Rumsfeld and Donald bin Laden are two peas in a pod, and each represents the WORSE that his country and culture offer.

Posted by: jjedif | February 20, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Another Bush Adminstration official concerned about his legacy and trying to rewrite history. For anyone who paid attention to the news prior to the invasion of Iraq, it was so obvious that there was no credible evidence of WMDs. Hans Blix had said so, and the whole yellowcake debacle had also supported the lack of Hussein's involvement in WMDs. But Dubya and his friends, including defese contractors who were frothing at the mouth at the propsect of making millions, pushed for war. No, Rummy, you don't get to rewrite history. Just try to go to Germany and see what they think of your revisionist stance.

Posted by: cile92 | February 20, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

glocksrule writes:If it was up to all of you bleeding heart liberals we wouldn't even have a military***

And then you look a little closer and you find the military loaded with young people from a those "bleeding heart liberal" states...and you look again and, what do you know, virtually all you rich conservatives have no military history themselves and have managed to keep their sons and daughters out of harms way. How are those five sons of yours, Mitt Romney? Still safe and sound and staying far away from any military obligation? But you guys sure talk a tough game...so long as your a$$es don't actually have to do any of the fighting and dying. Hypocrites.

Posted by: Jerryvov | February 20, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Blah blah blah...more bloviating from another Republican war criminal.


Rumsfeld should be sharring a cell in Gitmo along side Bin Laden.

.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 20, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Its really sad when people lke Ol-don can profit from all the death and misery they caused> The comments regarding this man and his interviews past and present only reflect how little regard they all really have for all the hurt they inflicted. Its not just about our losses it likewise involved the death and distuction that they imposed on the innocent Iraqi population. After ten + years their economy still suffers.Most do not even have basic services. Did the Bush administration really liberate anyone? If there even was WMD,s did anything improve for the Iraqi people? Or the world? Up to the time we interviened Iran and Iraq was fighting for decades and growth in either country was slowed.They probably would still be fighting if we had stayed out.I can not even imagine what it would be like to having contuinous bombing wiping out everything in sight, ALL ove One person. who was the only and real reason Bush invaded Saddam. Now they, except Saddam, are profiting from book tours and royalties and trying desparately to patch their tarnished image.. SAD

Posted by: cliffc1 | February 20, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

If it was up to all of you bleeding heart liberals we wouldn't even have a military. Without going to war we would get overrun and would Me under someone else's rule now. I hate to inform you but if it wasn't for all the stupid government programs out there for lazy people we wouldn't be in the financial mess we are now. The Democrats have ruined this nation and turned it into one that everyone just holds out their hand till something is put in it instead of working for it. This type of system that makes high taxes needed to be paid by all that are working or own a company is why this nation doesn't produce anything any more. So instead of raising taxes maybe we should start cutting out liberal programs and cut politicians wages and lower taxes across the board.

Posted by: glocksrule84 | February 20, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

######################################

You must be a Palin supporter!!

Posted by: maggots | February 20, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Rum and Coca Cola:

They are both dangerous to the health of the world - and I'm not referring to Bacardi.

subterfuge
noun trick, dodge, ploy, shift, manoeuvre, deception, evasion, pretence, pretext, ruse, artifice, duplicity, stratagem, deviousness, machination. Most people can see right through that type of subterfuge.

Posted by: alance | February 20, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Your policy is incorrect because of my political persuasion ! I charge that your paper is bigoted andtakes sides with jews !

Posted by: sideboom | February 20, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Ten years later, It comes out, IRAQ was a blunder made by BLUNDERERS, starting with #1 dunce BUSHASS, The entire bush admin.should be rounded up and sent to their creation GITMO ! When disaster eminates from gov. decisions ,responsibility needs to be placed where deserved ! All the americans that died for nothing ,and the expense incured in current unessary wars ,was porpegated by special interest groups,not the least of which are "AMERICAN JEWS" for ISRAEL'S dedication to being a "never again" nation payed 4 and protected from arabs anywhere !

Posted by: sideboom | February 20, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

FYI - Rumsfield on C-Span's Q&A tonight, 8 EST.

Posted by: angie12106 | February 20, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If it was up to all of you bleeding heart liberals we wouldn't even have a military. Without going to war we would get overrun and would Me under someone else's rule now. I hate to inform you but if it wasn't for all the stupid government programs out there for lazy people we wouldn't be in the financial mess we are now. The Democrats have ruined this nation and turned it into one that everyone just holds out their hand till something is put in it instead of working for it. This type of system that makes high taxes needed to be paid by all that are working or own a company is why this nation doesn't produce anything any more. So instead of raising taxes maybe we should start cutting out liberal programs and cut politicians wages and lower taxes across the board.

Posted by: glocksrule84 | February 20, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Bush can't travel in Europe because he is a wanted war criminal. Same with Rumsfeld. Colin Powell is not far behind. These guys want to save their legacies. Don't let them. They misled the country into war. As a result, millions of Iraqi's died. Thousands of Americans died, and trillions of dollars of TaxPayer money was dumped down the drain. Now our teachers and state govt. employees are being asked to pay for these guys mistakes and crimes.

Posted by: jeremiah1967 | February 20, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Is the reason that so many conservatives, notable among them George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, and members of the FOX News team, cannot ever acknowledge their mistakes is that they equate admitting they were wrong with "apologizing?"

Here's a clue for the clueless: they aren't the same thing.

There's a difference between being weak and coming clean. The latter actually indicates and strengthens character.

The reason Obama was given the peace prize wasn't for "apologizing." It was for acknowledging what everyone else saw clearly, but American conservatives were, in their pride, blind to.

Posted by: CuckooRaja | February 20, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Remorse? Yeah right! Rumsfeld, McNamara and the Bush dynasty, in complicity with Congress, have left behind a gulag archepielago of disability, deformity, depession and death.
What is even worse is that in an America dumbded-down with bread and circuses, a dismantled system of public education and joblesness, our poor, uneducated youth continue to reach for employment in the Armed Forces or Professional sports-like lemmings, they keep falling off the cliff.

Posted by: lionelroger | February 20, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfelt is an arrogant, stupid old man who was part of an Administration that weakened America. If there is a hell, I hope they all go there.

Posted by: lyndee1 | February 20, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

What a miserable and dishonest man who worked for an extremely miserable and dishonest administration. His (or anyone elses) words now will not bring back nor calm the hearts of families of the over 4,000 of our military killed in that war and the over 100,000 Iraqi civilians who died. NOR will it bring back to our treasury the billions of dollars spent (even today $720 million per day in Iraq and over $300 million per day in Afghanistan). His book is a testament to WAR CRIMES!

Posted by: rbsher | February 20, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

'when asked whether Obama had transformed America into a beacon to the world in the wake of the Bush administration....'

Did Crowley really ask that? She really thinks that Obama is "tranforming America into a beacon to the world"? That is just too funny! Oh, and BTW, the Peace Prize, thanks to it being awarded to dolts like Gore and Obama, has become a complete joke.

Posted by: Azarkhan | February 20, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Go to Leavenworth...
go directly to Leavenworth...
do not pass go...
do not collect your entitlements.

Posted by: whocares666 | February 20, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

KBlit said it all.

One can't read this stuff and not believe in paranormal events.

Rumsfeld is living proof that McNamara's spirit--rumored to have been haunting the Pentagon since his death--found a willing host in Rumsfeld's physical form.


Posted by: fedupgman | February 20, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

So ten years later he feels remorse? Sorta like MacNamara and Vietnam. Well I got news for him, he needs to go over to Section 60 and explain to the dead why he now feels so sorry. My guess unless there is money in it neither he, Bush Jr., Condi, Powell nor anyone else responsible for this disaster will care. And let us not let the Congress off the hook, whom for the sake of defense contract's in thier districts forgot their responsibilty to the Constitution.

Posted by: KBlit | February 20, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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