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Rumsfeld: “Trained Ape” Could do Better on Afghanistan

Well, it would take some training, but yes, it’s possible.

Bush Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Monday night that a “trained ape” could have gotten a status of forces agreement with the Afghanis that would allow some U.S. troops to stay in country.

What Rumsfeld is challenging here is the usual narrative that President Obama’s problems with Afghanistan stem from Karzai going off his meds. Rumsfeld suggests Karzai could have been handled, but was instead mishandled.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: Is there sort of a way out of this? We are having this problem now where there is going to be an election soon. I guess that’s the best option for the United States, that the United States gets someone who is friendlier?

RUMSFELD: He was friendly. 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. Now, take, for example, the fact that we have status of forces agreements, probably with 100, 125 countries in the world. This administration, the White House and the State Department have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius. We have so mismanaged that relationship. I think that he has tried to separate his harshness against the White House and the administration from the American people and the people that he appreciates that served in that country.

Rumsfeld Flummoxes Andrea Mitchell

Just thought you all might want to take a look at this interview of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld by Andrea Mitchell. Rumsfeld is promoting his new book, Known and Unknown: A Memoir, a major portion of which deals with his time in the Bush administration.

I’ve rarely seen a political figure tie a top news personality up in such knots. And Andrea Mitchell is certainly smarter than average for the TV interviewer species. It’s 16 minutes of very compelling viewing.

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H/T to The PJ Tatler.