Once again, Donald Rumsfeld’s own colossal foreign policy blunders were swept under the rug on Fox News. If he ever had any grace or diplomacy, that was buried, too. Instead, host Greta Van Susteren welcomed Rumsfeld’s vile attacks on President Obama – and solidarity with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s hostility toward the U.S. without a peep of challenge or concern.
The pretext for the segment was Karzai’s support for Russia's annexation of Crimea.
Van Susteren asked in her introduction, “Why is Karzai breaking with the west?”
As if we didn’t know the answer was going to be, “It’s all Obama’s fault.” But, just to make sure, the only guest for the discussion was Donald Rumsfeld. The same Donald Rumsfeld who just blamed the Ukraine problem, in general, on Obama.
Sure enough, Rumsfeld quickly jumped on the "Blame Obama for Afghanistan" bus, too:
I really think it’s understandable given the terrible, terrible diplomacy that the United States has conducted with Afghanistan over the last several years.
…I think the United States diplomacy has been so bad, so embarrassingly bad, that I’m not the least surprised that he’s felt cornered and feeling he has to defend himself in some way.
…Our relationship with Karzai and with Afghanistan was absolutely first rate in the Bush administration. It has gone downhill like a toboggan ever since the Obama administration came in.
That was bad enough. But then Rumsfeld said:
“The administration - the White House and the State Department has failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship.
It’s hard not to wonder why on earth a former Defense Secretary could be so bitter that he’d go on national television and take sides with a corrupt Afghan leader over his own president.
But not Van Susteren. She pretended she was listening to a man of great foreign policy stature, not one who so bungled the Iraq War that half a dozen former generals called for him to leave the Pentagon.
After the “ape” comment, all she said was, “Mr. Secretary, Sir, thank you for joining us.”
But the hypocrisy of this bunch of traitors borders on pathological. Why was anyone who protested against Bush either arrested or run off, yet these Repubs have done little else but Bash president Obama since he took office.
If Rumsfeld had any sense of honor or a conscience, he’d be too embarrassed to show his face, even on Fox.
Remember when criticism of Bush was met with the suggestion that those who didn’t like it could leave the USA? The problem for the Bush Administration officials is that they can’t travel too freely, what with the threat of prosecution for torture in so many civilized countries. But yeah, keep reminding us how those were the golden years. Fox just loves their political criminal commentators.
Everything was going great between the U.S. and Karzai back when we were throwing CASH at him so he would kiss our ass. Every irresponsible ape knows that’s how you keep these propped-up puppets in line and when the cash flow, from the American tax-payer, stops, that’s when they let everyone know how they really feel!
Bush’s foreign policy was simply talking tough and pallets of cash, and Rummy brags about that?
Answer the following questions:
1. At what point does a USA government official become ‘above the law’ (national and international)?
2. Does being ‘above the law’ extend to only USA President/Vice President?
3. Are Secretarial Department heads also ‘above the law?’ How far down the chain of command does being above the law extend?
4. Do you feel free to travel outside of USA and expect to be immune to prosecution?
5. When arrested overseas, do ‘above the law’ USA government officials have the right to use international law in their defense?
Video of Rummy booed on stage
Rummy said a “trained ape could get a status of forces agreement.” We say, what’s stopping Rummy from getting the agreement?
NOTE TO RUMMY
Bush had a trained ape as Secretary of Defense.
Bonus points for still thinking that because people made jokes about how monkey faced Bush was, it’s somehow OK to insert “monkey,” “chimp” or “ape” into criticisms of Obama. And not even hiding that 80% of it is meant in a racist context.
That’s just- That’s just classy.