If you haven’t died laughing over Dick Cheney’s lecture to the Obama administration about Benghazi and preventing terror attacks on Hannity last night, you may be at risk again tonight watching Donald Rumsfeld lecture Obama about the need to “gather the facts and then inform the American people.” This, from the guy who assured America that he knew where Saddam Hussein’s Weapons of Mass Destruction were and that the Iraq war probably wouldn’t last as long as six months. And then testified that he had “never painted a rosy picture” about Iraq.
On the subject of President Obama’s characterization of the Benghazi attacks, Rumsfeld told Sean Hannity, “I can’t imagine how a person could stand up there when everyone involved knew it was a terrorist attack, it was the anniversary of 9/11. …The idea that it was somehow related to a YouTube video and that that narrative kept being promoted, I suppose it’s because it fit their hopes and what they wanted to be the case.”
Well, if there’s one thing Rumsfeld should know about, it’s using a narrative to fit political hopes. But then he had the nerve to point the finger at the Obama administration for not being truthful enough: “It was a terrible tragedy and people lost their lives and the way it’s been handled since then has compounded the problem. …The first rule of something like that is to gather the facts and then inform the American people.”
Maybe Rumsfeld thought Obama should come out with the kind of “truth” like, “You go to Libya with the State Department you have, not the one you might want or wish to have at a later time.” Because, you know, that worked so well when Rumsfeld made similar remarks about the army when they complained about lack of proper armament for their vehicles in Iraq.
Not that Hannity gave even a smidgen of indication that there was anything controversial in Rumsfeld’s national security/terror-fighting cred. Hannity said, “Tell ‘em the truth! We deserve the truth, don’t we?”
Rumsfeld replied, “In our system we have to do that. …There’s no question that the narrative that was put out after the fact – days after the fact, weeks after the fact, was false.”
At the end of the discussion, Hannity said he’s going to have a one-hour special with Rumsfeld and a “studio audience.” On Hannity, “studio audience” means a hand-picked group of like-minded guests. By then, I fully expect Rumsfeld to have morphed into a Fox News, terror-fighting superhero. Especially if he continues to criticize President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Because on Fox, talking tough and using the word "terrorist" seems to be the main requirement.
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He very quickly took about five uninformed shots and then ran away. I do wish he would have actually provided examples of what he was alleging. As it was, I could only see a reiteration of the usual Fox News talking points.
The primary discussion of the thread stands – it’s truly bizarre to see Donald Rumsfeld being held up as a standard of truth and integrity. His entire tenure in the George W. Bush presidency was marked by his contempt for the press and his arrogance when it came to telling anyone what was going on. Rush Limbaugh used to celebrate Rumsfeld’s obfuscations as some kind of victory. Which would indeed have been a victory over journalism and the principles behind it.
The reality these days is that it’s very difficult for various Bush Administration figures to travel abroad, due to the various war crimes charges that have been levied against them. This doesn’t get spoken about much, and Fox News pretends it doesn’t happen. But there’s a very real possibility that you could see one of these guys getting pulled into court if they slip up and walk into a subpoena overseas.
Good, now that we cleared that up what do say we all reminisce about our love and memories of the Gipper?
“Unless, of course, we’re, ahhh, talking about Benghazi, or the IRS, or the AP phone tapping, or Obamacare implementation, or red lines in Syria, or Gitmo still being open, or drone assassinations of US citizen, or committing US forces to War in Libya without Congressional approval”
“In those cases, the buck stops at a lower level official”
That would give them the hat trick of hypocrisy!
“Yeah. Donald Rumsfeld. The man who, during the Reagan Administration, was photographed gladly shaking the hand of Saddam Hussein—even though he and the rest of the Reagan cabal knew exactly what kind of man Saddam was.”
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Sure. This is a man who has any moral standing to give a lecture about “truthfulness” on any crisis.
Rummy is peddling books to line his pocket. He is the last person to lecture Benghazi, given his role in Iraq.
High End Hannochio, given his colorful past, should look in the mirror. He has done things in his past that as a so-called christian would never, ever be forgiven.
This evil Oyster Bay water snake has a very dark side. Everything about him will become public knowledge. He is money hungry, self-centered fraud with a strange fetish.
Who’s Hannity gonna host tomorrow? Uncle KKKarl Rove to talk about truthfulness?