Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
says although Libyan tyrant Moammar Gadhafi claims he abandoned his nuclear-weapon program after he saw what happened to Saddam Hussein, and it remains unknown whether he has a biological-weapon stockpile, it is pretty clear he still has chemical weapons – and he might resort to their use.
“We do know that he’s had an interest in chemical weapons over a period of time, but I don’t recall hearing anything about biological weapons,” Rumsfeld told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “I just don’t know the answer, but there’s no question he’s a person who’s engaged in terrorist acts. He’s sponsored them, dealt with terrorist organizations. And he … obviously didn’t stay in power for 40 years by being stupid.
“He’s intelligent, and clever, and opportunistic – he would not think of trying to compete against our armies, or navies, or air forces,” Rumsfeld continued. “Whatever he did would be asymmetric and it would be something that would be unconventional … and possibly not even something in Libya, something conceivably elsewhere in the world.”
Rumsfeld said some U.S. actions, such as not retaliating against Gadhafi for the downing of Pan Am 103, were not understandable and in the end could have brought upon other atrocities.
“I mean, [the] old phrase … is that weakness is provocative – and behaving in a certain way can encourage people to behave in an aggressive way against the United States,” Rumsfeld said. “And if you go back and look at the videos and the documentation, people like Osama bin Laden talk about the fact that they concluded that the United States was a paper tiger.
“Saddam Hussein concluded that we would not do anything because of the fact that he fought the ‘mother of all battles’ against the United States in the first Gulf War, and there he was still in power,” he continued. “Anyone who’s in the Gadhafi regime – as an ambassador or a military leader or a soldier – has to debate whether or not they want to defect, whether or not they want to support the rebels because they don’t know if the goal of the coalition is to take out Gadhafi or not.
“Anyone that the rebels are trying to get to work with them, to provide food or ammunition or assistance, they’re going to debate that because there's not clarity about what the goal, what the mission of the coalition is.”
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