When it comes to handling the ideology of terrorism, Donald Rumsfeld gives the Obama administration a failing grade.
"I would give this administration an F, because they won't even use the words," said Rumsfeld, speaking with CNN host Jake Tapper
“Until today, I haven't heard people use the word jihad,” said Rumsfeld.
“I haven't heard the people in the Obama administration talk about the fact that there are people that are determined to kill innocent men, women, and children that are attacking the whole concept of the nation state.”
The Former Secretary of Defense for President George W. Bush reacted strongly to points made by Obama during his speech on his administration’s counterterrorism policy Thursday at National Defense University.
Rumsfeld was particularly riled by Obama’s statement that he believes “we compromised our basic values by using torture to interrogate our enemies and detaining individuals in a way that ran counter to the rule of law,” a clear shot at the Bush administration’s national security policy.
Giving the Bush administration a D-minus, "and I'm an easy grader," Rumsfeld said Obama has “blamed the Bush administration for practically everything since he took office.”
Rumsfeld also took a very different view of Obama’s assessment that al Qaeda had “been gutted.”
“That just simply isn't true,” Rumsfeld said.
“Al Qaeda is still effective. We have killed or captured any number of al- Qaida leadership, and they get replaced. Someone comes on behind them.”
Rumsfeld did have some advice for Obama, whose administration, he said, changes its message “week after week after week, whether it's Benghazi or whether it's the Internal Revenue Service.”
“What you need to do is get the people in the office, sit them down, and find ground truth, because the currency a leader has is credibility,” Rumsfeld said.
“To the extent that credibility gets eroded over time, you lose your ability to lead.”
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