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Donald Rumsfeld: 'It does not take a genius'
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Posted on 03/25/2014 8:30:48 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Donald Rumsfeld: 'It does not take a genius' By: Tal Kopan March 25, 2014 06:13 AM EDT

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is blasting the Obama administration’s handling of Afghanistan, saying a “trained ape” could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with the country.

“We have status of forces agreements probably with 100, 125 countries in the world,” Rumsfeld said Monday night on “On the Record with Greta van Susteren” on Fox News. “This administration, the White House and the State Department, have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius.”

The George W. Bush Cabinet official who presided over the beginning of the war in Afghanistan said that relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai were good under Bush, but have gone “downhill like a toboggan” under President Barack Obama.

Rumsfeld said he understands the position Karzai is in, from badmouthing U.S. officials to recently announcing he supports Russian President Vladimir Putin on annexing the Crimean region of Ukraine.

“United States diplomacy has been so bad, so embarrassingly bad, that I’m not the least bit surprised that he felt cornered and is feeling he has to defend himself in some way or he’s not president of that country,” Rumsfeld said. “We have so mismanaged that relationship.”

Rumsfeld called out individual members of the Obama administration, including the president himself, for comments he said “trashed” the Afghan president.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; donaldrumsfeld; hamidkarzai; karzai; rumsfeld; trainedape; waronterror
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1 posted on 03/25/2014 8:30:48 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Rummy may be on to something...


2 posted on 03/25/2014 8:32:34 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I don’t know about the “trained ape” thing. We did have Hillary as SoS for much of the past several years. Is Rummy insulting trained apes?


3 posted on 03/25/2014 8:33:03 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Sub-Driver
A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement.

I'll bite by typing fingers responding to this.

5 posted on 03/25/2014 8:33:55 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Sub-Driver

Does Rummy reallly not realize that Obama is on the Taliban’s side?


6 posted on 03/25/2014 8:34:14 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Sub-Driver

Good to hear from Rumsfeld. We are not the U.S. we used to be.


7 posted on 03/25/2014 8:34:50 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: henkster

rasis


8 posted on 03/25/2014 8:34:58 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Sub-Driver

"A Trained Ape"






KoKo is deeply offended.

ML/LTOS


9 posted on 03/25/2014 8:35:23 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: Sub-Driver

HE SAID APE! HE SAID APE!

Racist, racist, racist!


10 posted on 03/25/2014 8:35:47 AM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Sub-Driver

A trained ape?How about a shaved one?


11 posted on 03/25/2014 8:36:45 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Sub-Driver
B T T T ! ! ! ©

12 posted on 03/25/2014 8:38:02 AM 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: Sub-Driver

Rummy is right on the mark with this.


13 posted on 03/25/2014 8:39:52 AM PDT by jazusamo ([Obama] A Truly Great Phony -- Thomas Sowell http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3058949/posts)
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To: Sub-Driver
Rumsfeld misunderstands the situation.
He sees mistakes in carefully planned successes.
14 posted on 03/25/2014 8:39:58 AM PDT by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

“Donald Rumsfeld: ‘It does not take a genius’”

Well, that’s a good thing, because this administration is fresh out of genius. Or, much like 7-Up, “never had it, never will.”


15 posted on 03/25/2014 8:40:43 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: left that other site

Koko should be offended!


16 posted on 03/25/2014 8:41:59 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: circlecity

Precisely !


17 posted on 03/25/2014 8:43:10 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: NEMDF

Does a Pig In A Pantsuit = A Trained Ape?


18 posted on 03/25/2014 8:43:49 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Sioux-san

She probably would do a better job at foreign policy that the scurvy, scrofulous crew we have doing it now. LOL.


19 posted on 03/25/2014 8:44:47 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: Sub-Driver

Ted Nugent, please pick up the white courtesy phone.


20 posted on 03/25/2014 8:45:21 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Let me try to be the first:  photo Obamaracism-thatsracist.gif" />
21 posted on 03/25/2014 8:46:11 AM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Sub-Driver

Looking at it from Karzi’s point of view, Obama started out by dithering about extra troops in a surge which, when implemented, would bring claims of civilian deaths. The extra troops came with an expiration date in 2014, after which Karzi would have to deal with the situation rather than just sit back and watch the money flow to his offshore accounts.

Of course Karzi started yelling about civilian deaths while conveniently ignoring those caused by his future business partners in the Taliban. He got the American ROE changed to benefit the Taliban. Now he is “selling” himself to his future business partners who are impatient to take over. Now Karzi is just committed to getting the Americans out and his own escape plans.

It makes sense to me, but then I’m just a trained ape. Better trained than Obama though.


22 posted on 03/25/2014 8:48:09 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Sub-Driver

It also doesn’t take a genius to realize the stupidity of remaining in a country where the government wants you out. Why should we leave troops in Afghanistan, dangling by a rope, supporting a corrupt Afghan administration, with little or no chance of accomplishing anything?.


23 posted on 03/25/2014 8:51:54 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Sub-Driver

That is a damn insult to trained apes.

Obama is an undocumented, non vetted, sociopath
with multiple SS#, names, birth certificates, stories,
and 5 years of Tyranny against the US Constitution.

Trained apes are vetted, have credentials,
and do not lie.


24 posted on 03/25/2014 8:52:16 AM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Sub-Driver

Please note:

He was CONTRASTING the performance of this Administration with that of a “trainned ape”.

We WAS NOT COMPARING!!!!!


26 posted on 03/25/2014 9:01:46 AM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: Sub-Driver

It does take a “genius” to bring the USA to it’s knees and obummer is doing just that in economic and foreign policies.


27 posted on 03/25/2014 9:06:28 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: workerbee

That’ll be the focus in 5,4,3,2...Not the fact that commander zero turned Afcrapistan over to the “tolibon”.


28 posted on 03/25/2014 9:07:09 AM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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To: grobdriver

Exactly. This is all according to plan. Besides, didn’t Rummy help get the PATRIOT Act implemented?


29 posted on 03/25/2014 9:07:23 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Trained ape, huh? Ouch. That’s going to leave a mark.


30 posted on 03/25/2014 9:08:03 AM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Sub-Driver

We should have saved Travis the Chimp for future dealings with Putin.


31 posted on 03/25/2014 9:12:28 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: Sub-Driver
MSM focus = Obama comparison to trained ape and what a racist comment it is.

Reality = Obama is amazingly incompetent in foreign policy matters.

32 posted on 03/25/2014 9:13:43 AM PDT by Rockitz (This is NOT rocket science - Follow the money and you'll find the truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Note: Rummy did not call Obama an ape. He said he was dumber than an ape.

Funny stuff.


33 posted on 03/25/2014 9:26:27 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Like him or not, Rumsfeld does not dissemble, and I’m liking him for it.


34 posted on 03/25/2014 9:26:59 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Sub-Driver

Kudos to Trained Apes all over the world................


35 posted on 03/25/2014 9:31:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: Sub-Driver

Uh oh. “Trained ape” = racism!!!!


37 posted on 03/25/2014 9:32:29 AM PDT by albie
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To: Sub-Driver

a “trained ape” could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with the country...

Indeed!


38 posted on 03/25/2014 9:37:13 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Sub-Driver
Let me just post the link. he-he

Belgian Newspaper Accused Of Racism For Picture Of Obama And Michelle As Apes

39 posted on 03/25/2014 9:39:16 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Sub-Driver
A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius.”

Oh Oh...A trained ape is smarter than a black President...Rumsfeld is in big trouble now...

41 posted on 03/25/2014 9:46:56 AM PDT by Iscool (Ya mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailer park...)
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To: albie
"I can even out-dance Obama...!"
42 posted on 03/25/2014 9:49:43 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Sub-Driver

Rumsfeld may have a point in the short-term. The Obama administration has bungled nearly every foreign relationship the U.S. has, and Afghanistan is no exception.

Long-term, though....I don’t think Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, and George C. Marshall all rolled into one could make a lasting diplomatic difference in Afghanistan. The corruption, the warlordism, the double-dealing, and the general chaos of Afghanistan have very deep roots.


43 posted on 03/25/2014 9:57:11 AM PDT by DemforBush (The scourge of mariachis and polka bands everywhere.)
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Long-term, though....I don’t think Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, and George C. Marshall all rolled into one could make a lasting diplomatic difference in Afghanistan. The corruption, the warlordism, the double-dealing, and the general chaos of Afghanistan have very deep roots.

And, under the circumstances, there was only one way to deal with the problem:

1. Identify the tribe/faction that was the enemy -- in our case, the Taliban.

2. Set a goal of wiping them out to the last man.

3. Enlist other tribes/factions in the enterprise, paying a bounty.

4. Ruthlessly mount a campaign of extermination.

5. When complete, leave.

6. Remind the remaining tribes/factions that, should they cooperate with another enemy of the U.S., we will return and they will be subject to the Taliban's fate.

44 posted on 03/25/2014 10:07:17 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: workerbee

don’t you just love the man who doesn’t care what the media or democrats say....wonder if he did it on purpose....:o)


45 posted on 03/25/2014 10:23:43 AM PDT by goat granny (.)
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To: Sub-Driver

That’s almost like saying actual malice against the United States was required for Obama to do so badly. I agree.


46 posted on 03/25/2014 10:41:32 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Sub-Driver

‘policies that are progressively hostile to christian civilization.’ That’s no trained ape.


47 posted on 03/25/2014 10:55:49 AM PDT by The Public Eye
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To: okie01
That was the America of the olden days. We are a bunch of wusses now. Everybody has to love us and if they don't it's the conservatives’ fault.
48 posted on 03/25/2014 11:21:40 AM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> blasting the Obama administration’s handling of Afghanistan, saying a “trained ape” could have done a better job in diplomatic relations with the country.

What the hell, great idea, just bring up “ape” or “monkey” again. What a stupid intercoursing jackass! We have enough problems with the partisan media shills, we don’t need to borrow any.

Thanks Sub-Driver.


49 posted on 03/25/2014 11:25:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Sub-Driver

My recollection is that 0bama purposefully tanked the SOF Agreement with Iraq in a fit of personal pique.


50 posted on 03/25/2014 12:04:13 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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