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Rumsfeld: Confusion Reigns in Obama Libya Action
ABC News ^ | March 27, 2011 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 03/27/2011 9:20:15 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld used the word “confusion” six times in an interview on ABC News’ ‘This Week’ to describe the United Nations-backed military effort in Libya.

“The first thing you have to do,” Rumsfeld told ABC News’ “is recognize…the mission has to determine the coalition. The coalition ought not determine the mission.”

“If you go into something with confusion and ambiguity about what the mission is – and we’ve heard four or five different explanations about why we’re there – and that is the root of the problem. The confusion that comes from that.”

“Confusion about what the mission is, confusion about who the rebels are, confusion about whether or not Gadhafi should be left in power, confusion about what the command and control should be,” Rumsfeld said.

“The coalition that is in place with respect to Libya is the smallest one in modern history,” Rumsfeld said.

“We had over 90 countries in the global war on terror that President Bush and Colin Powell put in place. We had dozens of countries involved in Afghanistan, dozens of countries involved in Iraq. … And still, the Democrats were alleging that it was President Bush was a unilateralist. It’s nonsense,” he insisted.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: failure; libya; rumsfeld

1 posted on 03/27/2011 9:20:20 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

GO, RUMMY!

Thank you, Mr. Secretary!


2 posted on 03/27/2011 9:21:19 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
What is there to be confused about? Here. Perhaps this will help.

I've posted a couple of pics to make things easier. One is of a group of "government forces loyal to Kadaffy" and the other is of "rebel forces". I hope this helps.


3 posted on 03/27/2011 9:24:33 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Texas Eagle

which is which? I know that was your point but seriously it looks like the same group of terrorist thugs in both pictures. If I had to guess I’d say the pic on right was the Pro-Khaddaffi thugs.


4 posted on 03/27/2011 9:27:12 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Texas Eagle

That clears it up!! Oh wait... which is which?


5 posted on 03/27/2011 9:27:50 AM PDT by zwerni (this isn't gonna be good for business)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

And remeind the damn Dems that Saddam was under a cease fire with terms...He invaded a country for cripes sakes. He had 14 violations of thwat cease fire.


6 posted on 03/27/2011 9:29:23 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If you understood what the founding fathers were for, and understood the ‘why’ of the constitution, why there would be little confusion. Expecting a feint to the right to soon follow...


7 posted on 03/27/2011 9:30:36 AM PDT by Son House (Finally, People Lie, Because They Feel If They Tell The Truth, They Won't Get What They Want.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Thank you Rummy.


8 posted on 03/27/2011 9:32:27 AM PDT by Gator113 (I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: Blue Highway
it looks like the same group of terrorist thugs in both pictures...

Common denominator: They are ALL Muslims. If I had to guess, both pictures were taken on a Friday afternoon, following prayers at the local mosque.

9 posted on 03/27/2011 9:34:55 AM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (I will always remember exactly where I was when Obama made his NCAA picks.)
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To: The Citizen Soldier

There is no confusion. The left is putting together an Islamist coalition to attck Israel. This is probably why Syria is being left alone while Egypt is overthrown. Jordan will be the last pillar to fall.

May be a coincidence that Iron Dome is being deployed now.


10 posted on 03/27/2011 9:43:10 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Have you terrorized a terrorist today?)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
I don't think it is a coincidence, I'm sure Israel sees the writing on the wall and that Obama is throwing them under the bus (since Obama is a Muslim) even though they are our ally.
11 posted on 03/27/2011 9:52:30 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Of course Rumsfeld is right, he’s an educated adult while Zer0 and the idiots he’s surrounded himself with are not.


12 posted on 03/27/2011 9:55:52 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: zwerni; Blue Highway
Okay, okay. I admit it's a little difficult to tell from those two pics which is the government forces loyal to Kadaffy and which is the rebel forces. Here's two more that should clear things up.


13 posted on 03/27/2011 9:56:03 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Blue Highway

“I don’t think it is a coincidence, I’m sure Israel sees the writing on the wall and that Obama is throwing them under the bus (since Obama is a Muslim) even though they are our ally.”

And this is why the first use of this weapon should be coordinated with a counterstrike that will make every one of these countries think twice.

Call me silly, but I would take out Damascus and cut Lebanon off. That takes care of Israel’s problems to the north.


14 posted on 03/27/2011 10:00:14 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Have you terrorized a terrorist today?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
When Muslims who hate and want to slaughter Americans and Jews are fighting against each other what side CAN Obama take???
Give the kid a break—he is looking for the one faction in the Middle East and Africa that seeks the destruction of the US and Israel that he can separate from the usual Islamist savages and support.
It ain't eeseenous being treeseenous you know.
15 posted on 03/27/2011 10:02:57 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("WARNING" -Sarah Palin is a very dangerous woman--she defends herself when attacked.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wish we had adults in the WH now...and adults that are not haters of America. America is an exceptional country. Rumsfeld is an exceptional American!!!!


16 posted on 03/27/2011 10:15:12 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: combat_boots

Probably it was a bad idea at the start to name the operation “Operation Aimless Fury.”


17 posted on 03/27/2011 10:28:24 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: combat_boots

This is all a silly argument about details. The key issue is this: Rumsfeld supports the Libya quagmire but is carping about the execution. Ain’t a dime’s worth of difference.


18 posted on 03/27/2011 10:30:41 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I still can not accept that zer0 has American troops on the same side as AQ.

AQ has to be pinching themselves. The top Brass in America has to be as well, not to mention the uncounted injured Americans who fought them.

What the hell is going on?


19 posted on 03/27/2011 10:31:23 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: jazusamo

He is just carping about details here. He too supports the Libya quagmire.


20 posted on 03/27/2011 10:33:07 AM PDT by Captain Kirk
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To: Texas Eagle

They both look like a bunch of potential airline hijackers to me! LOL


21 posted on 03/27/2011 10:37:06 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Do we want more GUNS or BUTTER? This is an economic war. Its a War for JOBS, TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENTS, and to Get re-elected as he wants to get people back to work with new jobs in the defense industry when all HELL breaks loose.

AXELROD AND OBUMMER have this scripted out to not only destroy the economy when WORLD WAR III erupts but he also knows that he can do anything he wants as he only answers to GEORGE SORO’S.


22 posted on 03/27/2011 10:51:36 AM PDT by ncfool (The new USSA - United Socialst States of AmeriKa. Welcome to Obummers world or Obamaville USSA.)
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To: Texas Eagle

LOL!


23 posted on 03/27/2011 10:56:15 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Texas Eagle

haha thanks that makes it a little clearer... that both sides would ba an emeny to the US. Let them fight it out alone without our support. The Iran/Iraq war would have been just fine to have gone on indefinitely. Less radical IMAMs, terrorists and Jihad Clerics to wag their islamic war on the world.


24 posted on 03/27/2011 11:11:19 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Exactly this. To bad the whiny left would cite civilian casualties and that the US was the war mongerer and must be stopped and then the curtain opens for WWIII but if it’s going down I say hopefully we get a Palin or other strong conservative in office before it hits the fan.


25 posted on 03/27/2011 11:13:13 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Happy Rain
It ain't eeseenous being treeseenous you know.

*IF* he is not a US citizen, then he is not being treeseenous, right?

26 posted on 03/27/2011 11:15:34 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: Captain Kirk
He too supports the Libya quagmire.

That's preposterous, educate yourself and watch the ten minute video.

27 posted on 03/27/2011 11:15:57 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Texas Eagle

How about we sell arms to both sides? And a lotta land mines.


28 posted on 03/27/2011 11:36:31 AM PDT by Snake65
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
dozens of countries involved in Iraq. … And still, the Democrats were alleging that it was President Bush was a unilateralist. It’s nonsense,” he insisted.

One of the biggest lies told by the MSM during the Bush administration...

29 posted on 03/27/2011 11:47:34 AM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: ncfool
Do we want more GUNS or BUTTER? This is an economic war.

I think you are exactly right. All week I have been watching (the entire middle East mess) thinking all of it was created (at least, set in motion) in 2008 when the world economy was doing very well, but the Dems needed an issue for Obama to run on. Alomost over night we were hearing about the horrible economy (even though the stock market was above 13,000 and unemployment around 5.5%).

But the truth never stopped the media from advancing their agenda ...and so they did. Problem is, what started as political fodder had the unintended consequence of being taken seriously elsewhere. Within three years the world has indeed become an economic quagmire. I will always fault the media for creating this!

30 posted on 03/27/2011 12:24:46 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (I will always remember exactly where I was when Obama made his NCAA picks.)
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To: The Citizen Soldier
it looks like the same group of terrorist thugs in both pictures...

I don't care, I'm jealous because they seem to be well-armed with actual assault rifles and rpgs, which cost about as much as a car does here.

Heheh.

31 posted on 03/27/2011 5:03:57 PM PDT by no-s (B.L.O.A.T. and every day...because some day soon they won't be making any more...for you.)
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To: jazusamo

I’ve watched it and Rummy consistently has refused to say (1) whether he would have supported intervention as such in the first place and (2) whether we should now withdraw from this effort. The closest he comes is the statement that “our prestige is on the line” now that “we are there.” Very evasive and slippery. As long as he evades those two questions, especially the latter, he is a supporter of this quagmire. Again, like all politicians and career office holders, he is very sly in his wording e.g. he carps about Obama’s confusion and dithering and failure but then evades a specific alternative of what he would do differntly now that we are there.


32 posted on 03/29/2011 6:01:50 PM PDT by Captain Kirk
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