Skip to comments.Rumsfeld: If Gadhafi Stays, U.S. Reputation Damaged, American Enemies Emboldened
Posted on 03/27/2011 11:40:08 AM PDT by Nachum
Washington - Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said today that if Gadhafi remains in power in Libya, it will damage the prestige of the United States. He compared the possible scenario of Gadhafi staying in power in Tripoli to the U.S. and coalition forces not removing Saddam Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War, though he refused to take a firm stand on whether U.S. military action in Libya was the correct move for the Obama administration. In an exclusive interview on "This Week" with ABC News' Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, Rumsfeld said, "the fact is we are
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Sounds like a win-win for Obozo.
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Our reputation was damaged about two years ago.
Damned if we do, and damned if we don’t, eh?
Better if he stays than have the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda take power.
Yes, Obama is damaging our reputation every day. But maybe we can get it back after he is gone. Better than giving the whole Arab world to the fanatics as an Eid present.
A side note: I am 3/4 of the way through his memoirs. Known and Unknown. Good reading. I find his background is actually more enjoyable than President Bushes book.
He knows whats he is talking about
I miss it with this kinetic action taking going on and all.
We can’t win either way. Either Qadaffi will stay and be a motivated menace, or we’ll continue this “kinetic military action” until Qaffadi is dead, in which case the country will be ‘free’ four about 15 minutes before going tribal and Islamist.
The “prestige” of the U.S. went into the crapper the moment Obozo took the oath of office.
Bush had Gadhafi shaking in his boots thinking he was next causing him to give up his nuclear ambitions.
This is why I was against Obama threatening Gadaffi with military action if he did not step down. All he had to say is "Gadaffi should step down." Period.
It's true we will lose more credibility in the world if we do not put in ground troops, topple Gadaffi, fight the opposition (Al Qaeda / Islamists), occupy and install a new government (A LA Iraq). But now, thanks to Obama and those supported initiating this war with what they call enforcement of a No Fly Zone but is nothing less than an aerial intervention in a civil war , that's where we stand.
Once we get stuck in Libya like we did Iraq... all eyes on Pakistan. I'm sure the protests will increase there next well beyond what we saw in Iraq. We're falling into their plans.
Once we get stuck in Libya like we did Iraq... all eyes on Pakistan. I'm sure the protests will increase there next well beyond what we saw in Egypt. We're falling into their plans.
We are becoming a paper tiger. If we are for regime change, then we need to send in the Marines to Tripoli. If not, then we need to pull our ships and planes from the theater.
I see no end to the inevitable cycle unless we are willing to give up our Western lifestyle and beliefs. Correction: capitulation to the fanatical Muslims will not work — there are Muslims fighting and killing each other.
Rummy’s right. We probably shouldn’t have gotten involved, but now that we are, the price for not seeing it through would be high. As much as I hate it, that means boots on the ground, probably. I just don’t think we can take him out with airpower alone.
Nope. Don’t buy it for one second. This is Obama’s mess. Pull it all out. Get out. Screw the Libyans and Al Quada’s “rebels”. They can kill each other.
They aren’t worth our treasure. They sure aren’t worth one soldier’s life or health.
The Euros told Obama to fetch them a ham sandwich and Obama obliged them by crawling up a hog’s ass.
What “reputation” is that? How’s this going to bring back #1 reputation to China in manufacturing and industry???
While our reputation as now being #2 to China is being ignored!
Want a reputation? How about bringing back #1.
The American enemy you should worry about being “emboldened” is in the oval office. You’d think Rummy had learned *something* at least from running around with all those knives in his back.
If he goes there will be trouble
And if he stays it will be double