Skip to comments.Donald Rumsfeld: President Obama has actually accepted the Bush Doctrine
Posted on 09/07/2011 3:07:29 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says President Barack Obama has come to accept much of the Bush Doctrine out of necessity, despite what he campaigned on in 2008.
Rumsfeld said that Obama needed to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention center open because of national security concerns, and it was the best solution among a host of bad options.
They ended up keeping Guantanamo open not because they like it we didnt like it either but they couldnt think of a better solution, Rumsfeld told Fox News Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday.
Rumsfeld then listed a handful of other Bush administration policies that have continued into the Obama administration, something that he sees as vindication of the policies.
The same is true with the Patriot Act, and military commissions, and indefinite detention. All of those things were criticized but today are still in place two-and-a-half years later because they are the best alternative to the other choices and they are in fact successful in keeping America safer, he says.
President Obama had campaigned against many of the major programs of President Bushs war on terror, but often his national security policy has mirrored that of his predecessor.
I think what they did was they campaigned again the Bush approach and once they got in they realized the 90-nation coalition that was put together was successful in sharing intelligence, and tracking bank accounts, and cooperating against terrorism, said Rumsfeld.
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President Bush is much maligned by many on both the Left and Right, but in some very important ways he was a truly great, courageous president.
On all the truly important policies - open borders, banker bailouts, outsourcing, off shoring, supremacy of the federal leviathan, globalist wars abroad and the police state at home - the Democrats and the Republicans are indistinguishable.
Yes he has and I will give him credit for getting something right.
I give him credit for going ahead and giving the order of taking out Osama Bin Laden. period.