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December 2, 2009

RUBBING RUMSFELD THE WRONG WAY.... President Obama explained last night, "Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive." Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called the remark a "bald misstatement," and an "assertion" that "does a disservice to the truth."

And if there's anyone who's familiar with disservice to the truth, it's Donald Rumsfeld.

So, who's right on this? Eric Zimmermann flags this Washington Post piece from August, quoting Gen. David McKiernan, the former top U.S. general in Afghanistan.

"There was a saying when I got there: If you're in Iraq and you need something, you ask for it," McKiernan said in his first interview since being fired. "If you're in Afghanistan and you need it, you figure out how to do without it."

By late last summer, he decided to tell George W. Bush's White House what he knew it did not want to hear: He needed 30,000 more troops. He wanted to send some to the country's east to bolster other U.S. forces, and some to the south to assist overwhelmed British and Canadian units in Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

The Bush administration opted not to act on McKiernan's request and instead set out to persuade NATO allies to contribute more troops.

McKiernan's request came in 2007, after Rumsfeld was replaced at the Pentagon.

Nevertheless, the "bald misstatement" appears to be true. We can look forward to Rumsfeld's apology, but if history is any guide, we'll be waiting a while.

Steve Benen 2:35 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (11)

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Well, Rumsfeld knows that you go to the press with the BS you have, not the BS you might want to have, or the BS you might have at a later date.

Posted by: biggerbox on December 2, 2009 at 2:40 PM | PERMALINK

Apology? You've got to be kidding. Yes, we'll receive an apology from Rumsfield on the very day Dick Cheney becomes Pope.

Posted by: whichwitch on December 2, 2009 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

Now that Rumsfeld is in the dustbin of history, he should stay silent until he gets to submit his testimony in his defense for waging preemtive war, (a euphemism for Agressive War), sending our troops into battle ill-equipped ("you go to war with the army you have"), and for being one of the architects of rendition and other international crimes! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on December 2, 2009 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

With apologies to Neill . Goddamn Rumsfield's shit filled soul to hell.

Posted by: John R on December 2, 2009 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

Rumsfeld is still alive?

I thought he would just fade away...

...no, wait, that's for Old Soldiers, not Old Gasbags with the hubris to toss around soldiers as if they were disposable.

How Bush confused Rumsfeld's arrogance for competence is beyond me. Then again, consider the competence level of the Decision Maker.

Posted by: JJC on December 2, 2009 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

"Yes, we'll receive an apology from Rumsfield on the very day Dick Cheney becomes Pope."

Shh, don't give them any ideas.

Posted by: Virginia on December 2, 2009 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

I was going to ask Neill whether his automatic reply any time the name Dick Cheney comes up was in any way protected, but John R went there anyway.

Second that. Not that it doesn't apply to Cheney, but for a proven nincompoop Rumsfeld's constant display of pseudo-intellectual, f*ck you arrogance was especially grating. And Rumsfeld's link to the blood the Bushites have ont heir hands is more direct.

Posted by: SRW1 on December 2, 2009 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

Rubbing Rumsfeld softly would be the wrong way. Use some force and something really jagged! Reality!

Posted by: anomaly on December 2, 2009 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

I'd go with the 8th Circle of Hell for Both Cheney and Rumsfeld . . .

Circle eight - Fraudulent, pimps, seducers, flatterers, simonists, sorcerers, corrupt politicians, sewers of division, falsifiers, alchemists, thieves . . . Eternally walking and tormented. Living in excrement. Stuffed into holes. Heads turned backwards. Boiling tar. Lead capes. Snakes. Flames.

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