In an interview with British newspaper The Times Rumsfeld said President George W. Bush was wrong to try to build democracy in Iraq, the former Defence Secretary said in a recent interview, marking a striking admission from a key player behind the 2003 U.S. invasion.
Rumsfeld said that efforts to oust Saddam Hussein and replace his tyrannical regime with democracy were unworkable, and that he had concerns about the plan from the beginning.
According to the report, the former Pentagon chief said, “I’m not one who thinks that our particular template of democracy is appropriate for other countries at every moment of their histories. The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words.”
The former Secretary of State placed most of the blame for the current situation in the Middle East on President Obama’s unwillingness to confront the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS).
“If leaders aren’t willing to [confront ISIS], why the hell should a guy with a wife and kids in the community put himself at risk?” Rumsfeld said.
This tired old war-hawk Rumsfeld, one of the architects of the Iraq war, who was wrong about everything to do with Iraq and the invasion, is coming forward now and is blaming everybody but himself. Is he looking for a job or trying to re-make his legacy? We don’t know, but why should we listen to him now?