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Rumsfeld: Obama Has 'No Strategy' on Extremists

By Greg McDonald   |   Friday, 26 Oct 2012 07:40 AM

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says the Obama administration has "no strategy" to deal with radical Islamists and is unwilling "to even identify the threat."
"You have an administration that does not want to seem to even admit that there are such things as Islamists, radical Islamists, who are determined to kill innocent men, women, and children. They don't want to use those words," Rumsfeld told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren Thursday night.
He said the latest presidential debate revealed that if Obama is re-elected, "this effort against terrorists is really not going to be one with bullets" but "an ideological task that's going to take time, more like a cold war than a hot war."

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But he added that any effort to deal with terrorists "requires people willing to describe precisely what the enemy is and what the threat against the country is."
"And this administration has no strategy to deal with that, partly because they're unwilling to even identify the threat," Rumsfeld said
Rumsfeld also said he found it "interesting" that Republican nominee Mitt Romney chose not to go after President Barack Obama on the issue of how to deal with Islamist extremists during their last debate, or the administration's reluctance to lay blame for the Benghazi, Libya, attack on a group with possible ties to al-Qaida.
He suggested it may have been a political calculation by the Romney campaign team so "the undecided voters looking at that debate would come away feeling that . . . Romney was presidential."
But "at some point," he added, "someone is going to have to stand up and say, 'Here's what the timeline [on Benghazi] was, here's what the facts were."
Rumsfeld said he still wasn't sure who won the Obama-Romney debates, but thought Romney did come off looking presidential.
"He didn't attack and interrupt, and the president was less presidential, in my view, and did attack and interrupt frequently," Rumsfeld said. "And I think the American people look at that and come away with a sense that one of them is the kind of a person they'd like to have lead, and the direction we've been going is disappointing."
Rumsfeld, who was a Navy pilot, said he took offense at Obama's response to Romney's call for adding more ships to the U.S. fleet.
"The president was dismissive and rude almost by saying, 'Well, we have fewer ships, but we also have fewer horses.' This from a man who never served in the military," Rumsfeld told Van Susteren.
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He said "most people" believe we need "a strong Navy" because just about everything "depends on freedom of the seas."
Rumsfeld called the president's explanation about the changing Navy and military "almost kindergartenish."
"I was stunned by it . . . I thought, my goodness, what a response that was. It was so small and not large," he said.

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