Don Rumsfeld, who may not be known for reflecting upon his own mistakes, is colorful in pointing out those made by others:
(CNSNews.com) - Donald Rumsfeld, who served as U.S. Defense Secretary under President George W. Bush, blames poor diplomacy by the Obama administration for the current strained relations with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
"Our relationship with Karzai and with Afghanistan was absolutely first-rate in the Bush administration," Rumsfeld told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren on Monday. "It has gone down hill like a toboggan ever since the Obama administration came in."
Is Rumsfeld suggesting that (here we go...) Obama is a luger? Speaking of heading downhill, the other Donald continued:
The U.S. has status of forces agreements with more than a hundred countries, Rumsfeld noted. "A trained ape can get a status of forces agreement," he said. "It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship."
"Trained ape" can't be the way he wants to go due to obvious and inevitable racial outrage, and the video is not at all exclulpatory. As to substance, well, even the NY Times admitted that the SOFA with Iraq was handled poorly and driven by domestic politics in Iraq and the US rather than national security concerns.
As to Karzai and Afghanistan, one might have hoped that Team Obama had learned a thing or two about hammering out a SOFA, but maybe not.