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Donald Rumsfeld: I Have Seen No Indication Hamid Karzai Is Corrupt

Reported by Ellen - March 3, 2011 -

Bill O'Reilly conducted a three-part interview with Donald Rumsfeld Thursday night (3/3/11) that I found a bit terrifying. First, Rumsfeld called it "baloney" that Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai is corrupt and likened him to corrupt American politicians. Then Rumsfeld admitted we only have about a 50/50 chance of succeeding in Afghanistan. So first, he seemed clueless about the results of one of the wars he had been in charge of, then he admitted that after nearly 10 years of prosecuting it, we don't have great odds of winning. Not that I think the odds are better (I think they're worse) but here's the original Afghanistan war honcho and nobody seemed to care that he thinks our prospects are so dim there. Heck, not even Rumsfeld seemed to care.

In response to O'Reillys talk about Karzai's corruption, Rumsfeld said, "Oh, I hear that corrupt baloney. Listen, how many countries in the world are corrupt? Most of them have corruption. Look at the United States. How many congressmen have been sent to the slammer?"

"Yeah, but it's nothing on the scale of Afghanistan," O'Reilly replied.

Rumsfeld waved that off, saying, "The criticisms of Karzai, I think, have been misplaced... He's been elected leader of that country...I have seen no indication that he's corrupt and I think the way he's been savaged... He's the president of that country. We want him to succeed."

Yes, we want him to succeed but we also want to be realistic about him.

O'Rellly asked for "odds that the Taliban is defeated and we prevail in that country and a decent government is in."

"Close," Rumsfeld said.

"50/50?" O'Reilly asked.

"Maybe," Rumsfeld said, though he didn't sound optimistic.



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