Rumsfeld Puts Obama’s Diplomatic Skills Below ‘Trained Ape’
Donald Rumsfeld, former defense secretary, had harsh words for President Barack Obama in an interview with Fox News on Monday; specifically on his relations with Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, and on Obama’s failure to procure a status of forces agreement with Karzai. Karzai instead chose to side with Russia in the present conflict over Ukraine’s Crimea, saying, according to The Guardian, that the recent referendum indicated the citizen’s “free will” in choosing their future. He said that Afghanistan “respects the free will of the people of Crimea to decide about their own future.” At present, Afghanistan, Syria, and Venezuela are the only countries so far to have sided with Russia over the Crimean annexation with Russia as well as the presence of Russian troops in the region’s bigger military ports.
“A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement,” said Rumsfeld of Karzai’s decision. “It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship.” Specifically, Rumsfeld feels the Obama administration has been hostile to Karzai to the extent that he could do little else. “They have trashed Karzai publicly over and over and over,” said Rumsfeld, listing Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and President Obama as culprits. “They put him in a political box where he really has very little choice,” he said.
“United States diplomacy has been so bad — so embarrassingly bad — that I’m not the least bit surprised that he felt cornered and is feeling he has to defend himself in some way or he’s not president of that country,” added Rumsfeld, noting that during the Bush administration, Karzai had had a “first-rate” relationship with the U.S. government, and that it had all gone “downhill like a toboggan” after Obama was voted into office.