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Rumsfeld Slams Obama On Syria, Calls Him Weakest President In His Lifetime
NBCNews ^ | September 03, 2013 | M. Alex Johnson

Posted on 09/03/2013 9:30:24 PM PDT by Steelfish

Rumsfeld Slams Obama On Syria, Calls Him Weakest President In His Lifetime

By M. Alex Johnson

Deriding President Barack Obama as the weakest president "in my adult lifetime," former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called on the White House on Tuesday to fish or cut bait in Syria.

Rumsfeld said there could be no middle ground in Syria: "You either ought to change the regime, or you ought to do nothing," he said during a question-and-answer session after a lecture at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich.

In his customarily colorful way, Rumsfeld, 81, picked away at Obama for declaring last week that any U.S. response to Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons against its own people wouldn't target President Bashar Assad.

"Why would you go in and fire a shot across the bow?" asked Rumsfeld, who served as Ford's defense secretary during the 1970s and again as head of President George W. Bush's Pentagon during the planning for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the early 2000s.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obama; rumsfeld; syria

1 posted on 09/03/2013 9:30:24 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Its the unknown unknowns that we worry about.


2 posted on 09/03/2013 9:35:24 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Steelfish

I miss Rummy..the epitome of a great Secretary of Defense.


3 posted on 09/03/2013 9:35:29 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

Amen!


4 posted on 09/03/2013 9:37:13 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Steelfish

Gotta love Rummy’s blunt speak about Obama’s “gift of being worse than even Jimmah Carter.”


5 posted on 09/03/2013 9:37:22 PM PDT by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: Steelfish

Zer0 is a community organizer pretending to be presidential.


6 posted on 09/03/2013 9:41:53 PM PDT by South40
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To: montanajoe

He’s one of the reasons why I became American from canada. Idiot moron canadians hated him during the Iraq War, and whomever canadians hate an American, I idolize. When the world flipped about his “that’s old Europe, this is the new Europe”, that was it for me LOL


7 posted on 09/03/2013 9:47:11 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Steelfish

I have always admired Don Rumsfeld.
He is a good soldier and a good officer.

http://rumsfeld.com/


8 posted on 09/03/2013 10:00:08 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Steelfish

Kerry and Obama are like cats in a bag.


9 posted on 09/03/2013 10:02:23 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: Steelfish
"You either ought to change the regime *for the better*, or you ought to do nothing,"

Since you can't guarantee who will win from 1,000 miles out to sea, you do nothing

10 posted on 09/03/2013 10:09:58 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The Presidency is broken.)
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To: FlyingEagle

Its the unknown unknowns that we worry about.


With people like Obama, Kerry, McCain, Graham, Reid, and Pelosi running things, the unknown unknowns are the least of our problems.


11 posted on 09/03/2013 10:13:27 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: rdcbn

Very good comment.


12 posted on 09/03/2013 10:18:36 PM PDT by Thebaddog (I'm a cracker! Sucka.)
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To: Steelfish

He’s worse than weak, Mr Rumsfeld.

He’s evil.


13 posted on 09/03/2013 10:19:27 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Steelfish

These days of Ubama, Biden, and Kerry sure are different from the days of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld.
Congratulations, America. Nice president you elected. Twice.

Keep your fingers crossed this nation survives.


14 posted on 09/03/2013 10:20:02 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: montanajoe

Me too.....


15 posted on 09/03/2013 10:36:28 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: Steelfish

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”


16 posted on 09/03/2013 10:41:00 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

“The trouble isn’t what people don’t know, it’s what they know that isn’t so. “


17 posted on 09/03/2013 10:43:02 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Steelfish
B T T T ! ! ! ©

18 posted on 09/03/2013 10:44:55 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Lancey Howard

“Keep your fingers crossed this nation survives.”

Obama is laughingstock right now and I can’t help but wonder how hes going to lash out next. Nobody, but nobody laughs at the Royal Ass and gets away with it.


19 posted on 09/03/2013 10:53:31 PM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Steelfish

20 posted on 09/03/2013 10:53:41 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: Steelfish
"You either ought to change the regime, or you ought to do nothing,"

And if you change the regime, you have to be prepared to stick around to make sure that the most violent jihadists don't take over in the aftermath.

If Bush were in power, that would mean a nearly decade-long commitment of blood and treasure to keep the Talibs from returning to power in Kabul, or to keep Al Qaeda or the old Baathists from taking power in Baghdad.

If its Obama, you know that Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood taking power is the whole point of the exercise. Hence, no need for boots on the ground. He already has boots on the ground, and they are Al Qaeda and Brotherhood boots.

We have gone from fighting Al Qaeda to being their navy and air force.

21 posted on 09/03/2013 10:56:35 PM PDT by marron
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To: 1035rep

I am more nervous about the final year of Ubama, when the media relegates him to the scrap heap of their attention in favor of the Republican and Democrat primary campaigns. I expect a whole lot of mischief out of the African communist piece of sh**, likely concluding on his last day with the pardon of Bradley “Chelsea” Manning.


22 posted on 09/03/2013 10:59:24 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Steelfish

23 posted on 09/03/2013 11:28:35 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Lancey Howard

Good point. No telling what he’ll do on his way out.


24 posted on 09/04/2013 12:53:20 AM PDT by 1035rep
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To: marron

You have got it. If the Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood do take power in Syria, think of the stockpiles of chemical WMDs there will be available to them. Who knows what other things Syria has stockpiled. Then imagine these chemical agents released in the New York subway. Imagine New York or London having a gas attack from a container off loaded from a freighter.

The Muslim jihadists will not be our friends just because we helped them topple Bashar al-Assad.


25 posted on 09/04/2013 1:37:09 AM PDT by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Steelfish
"Why would you go in and fire a shot across the bow?" Ever see him shoot?


26 posted on 09/04/2013 2:25:36 AM PDT by maddog55 (America Rising.... Civil War II)
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To: Steelfish
Rumsfeld calls him the weakest. I consider Obama the laziest.
27 posted on 09/04/2013 5:01:21 AM PDT by AlphaOneAlpha
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