Donald Rumsfeld ‘Can’t Tell’ If Obama Wants The Terrorists To Win really Donald

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Unearthed by James Carter IV (of the “President Carter” Carters and the 47 percent video) and first shared by Talking Points Memo is this bit of video amazement.

In it, Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense under Bush, jokingly suggests that he “can’t tell” if maybe President Obama now wants the terrorists to win the War on Terror.

A member of the audience at an interview between Rumsfeld and conservative writer David Horowitz posted yesterday prompts the response. He asks, “As you go around the country, do you have … the same sort of sinking feeling that the rest of us have, that [Obama has] actually switched sides in the war on terror?” The audience applauds.

Rumsfeld grunts. “You know, I just don’t feel competent to answer. I just can’t tell.”

Rumsfeld, on tour for his book Rumsfeld’s Rules, notes that Obama campaigned in opposition to the anti-terror tools Bush put into place — renditions, military commissions, the Patriot Act, Guantanamo. But Obama kept most of them. “I think he still would prefer they didn’t exist,” Rumsfeld continues — then noting that the Bush administration didn’t want them to exist, either. So it’s not clear what constitutes the big differentiator between Obama and his old boss.

Rumsfeld grunts. “You know, I just don’t feel competent to answer. I just can’t tell.”

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