Rumsfeld: The United States Must ‘Compete’ With Islamic State


Donald Rumsfeld is trying to get back into the counter-terrorism game.

“We’re going to have to find ways to reduce the funding for radical Islamists, we’re going to have to find ways to limit their recruiting successes, and that means we’re going to have to compete worldwide with a very powerful, apparently attractive strain of that faith,” Rumsfeld told Morning Joe.

Rumsfeld is one of the primary architects of the invasion of Iraq. On September 15, 2001, four days after the attacks on New York and Washington, he suggested invading Iraq because he was concerned about the availability of “good targets in Afghanistan.”

Challenged on the Bush administration’s insistence despite a lack of evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and collaborated with al-Qaeda, Rumsfeld infamously quipped there “are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ones we don’t know we don’t know. “

In 2011 Rumsfeld peddled a book titled after this quote. In it he writes he made a “misstatement” about the existence of weapons of mass destruction sites around Baghdad and Tikrit. He said the statement, which was one of the primary justifications for launching the invasion, was one of a number of occasional “imperfect formulations.”

Source: Info Wars

Donald Rumsfeld used to be a household name, perhaps he's hasn't adjusted well to his ‘irrelevance'. His history of exaggeration and outright lying leaves any insights he may have questionable art best and harmful to national security at worst. Rumsfeld lost his credibility when America lost itself in the quagmire of Iraq for almost a decade.



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