Rumsfeld Turns On Bush: He Was Wrong About Iraq

As my friend Sarah pointed out to me, it looks like Donald Rumsfeld is trying to wipe his hands clean after years of rightfully being branded a war-criminal. In a recent interview with Britain’s The Times, the former Secretary of Defense deflected the blame onto former President George W. Bush, saying W. was wrong in is attempt to bring democracy and nation build to Iraq:

“I’m not one who thinks that our particular template of democracy is appropriate for other countries at every moment of their histories. The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words.”

Wow, you’re about 15 years too late. Rumsfeld claimed he had serious reservations about the nation building from the start. Yet he went along with it for almost fifteen years. Now all of a sudden he wants to come clean. I guess nation building didn’t work out too well considering his actions helped create ISIS.

So Rumsfeld quietly kept his mouth shut while 4,500 American soldiers died “building a nation” he wasn’t even confident could be built?

What’s even more concerning is the discrepancies on “bringing democracy” to Iraq amongst Bush cabinet members. Rumsfeld says the plan was to bring democracy and nation build, something he wasn’t comfortable with. However, in 2011, in an interview with ABC News over her book No Higher Honor, Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State for the Bush Administration, said, “We didn’t go to Iraq to bring democracy to the Iraqi people.”

So which is it? We have the Secretary of Defense saying it was nation building, and we have the Secretary of State saying it wasn’t for nation building.

That’s not the only sketchy revelation made. In an April interview with Playboy, Dick Cheney said President Bush was briefed on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques. After years of saying the United States did not partake in such practices, they knew all along what was going on. In other words, he lied to the American people (but is anyone shocked?):

You have become publicly identified with the so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that CIA officers used when questioning suspected terrorists. Your critics call those techniques torture. To your knowledge, was President Bush briefed about the actual methods that were to be employed?

I believe he was.

We ask because inDecision Points, the former president’s 2010 memoir, he recalls having been briefed on the EITs. Yet former CIA general counsel John Rizzo, in his 2014 memoir,Company Man, disputes that and says that he contacted former CIA director George Tenet about it, after reading the president’s book, and that Tenet backs him up in the belief that Bush wasnotbriefed.

No, I’m certain Bush was briefed. I also recall a session where the entire National Security Council was briefed. The meeting took place in Condi Rice’s office—I don’t think Colin Powell was there, but I think he was briefed separately—where we went down through the specific techniques that were being authorized.

Why do you say you’re certain Bushwasbriefed?

Well, partly because he said he was. I don’t have any doubt about that. I mean, he was included in the process. I mean, that’s not the kind of thing that we would have done without his approval.

There’s the Bush Administration for you. Backstabbing, lies, deception, and truths coming out after it’s too late. For years this Administration has lied to the American people, let our country go nearly bankrupt, and let over 4,500 soldiers die, and they can’t even agree on why we were there in the first place.

And they have the audacity to even criticize the Obama Administration?

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