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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Former Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld has responded to the harsh criticisms levied against him by former President George H.W. Bush. Because if Rumsfeld was so bad, what does that say about the president he served, George W. Bush?

Rumsfeld appeared Monday morning on the Today show, where Matt Lauer read back the quotes that the elder Bush made about him in the recent authorized biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, by Jon Meacham. The key exchange comes at the 3:20 mark below:

“I think he served the President (George W. Bush) badly,” Bush 41 had told Meacham. “I don’t like what he did, and I think it hurt the President having his iron-ass view of everything. I’ve never been that close to him anyway. There’s a lack of humility, a lack of seeing what the other guy thinks. He’s more kick ass and take names, take numbers. I think he paid a price for that.”

“Were you surprised by those comments?” Matt Lauer asked.

Rumsfeld brushed off the criticism: “No, we were never close. He was kind of ‘to the manner born,’ and I wasn’t. He — as I say, we were never close, so I guess it didn’t surprise me.”

And then the former secretary of defense went even further — by pointing out the ramifications that the father Bush’s comments had for both of his sons.

“I was amazed that he said what he said, when he said it — because I didn’t think it was very complimentary of his son, George W. Bush. And I didn’t think it was very helpful to his other son, who was running for president. So I thought it was kind of a strange thing for him to be doing.”

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10 responses to “Rumsfeld: George H.W. Bush’s Slam Of Me Isn’t ‘Complimentary Of His Son’”

  1. Sand_Cat says:

    Rumsfeld did exactly what George W. Bush and Dick Cheney wanted him to; perhaps he didn’t serve them well by doing so, but they never complained. All three should be in prison for war crimes, but that’s another issue.

  2. I of John says:

    All of them were wrong, Rumi included.

  3. Paul Bass says:

    Maybe Bush Sr. is trying to tell Repubs that to follow the neo-cons will be bad for America?
    Nah, that’s has too much logic to it….

  4. walter77777 says:

    Rumsfeld in 2003 while the invasion of Iraq was being planned repeatedly told his planners to cut the cost of the invasion,and they obeyed cutting hundreds of billions from the invasion’s cost. One of the things done to cut the cost of the invasion was eliminating the task of securing the weapons warehouses, and the militants stole hundreds of tons of munitions from these warehouses, and these munitions were the explosives used in the IEDs which have caused so many of the USA Iraq war casualties.

  5. jakenhyde says:

    Rummy answered his own question when he asked what GHW Bush’s statement said about GW Bush. The answer…..Dubya was a loser as president who surrounded himself with war criminals.
    As proof of the ineptitude that Rummy displayed, I offer two of his infamous statements. When asked how long the invasion would last, Rummy said, “Two weeks, max.” When asked how the US would pay for the war he said, “With Iraqi oil.” Yet the republicans kept lying that the reason for the invasion was NOT for oil.

  6. PhiKapMom says:

    Maybe Rumsfeld should outed GW Bush for his (Rumsfeld’s) hiding the contents of an Intel report from the intel agencies of the Dod saying they could find no substantial evidence of the WMDs that were alleged Saddam was making. It was not a document that could be used for sending our troops to war in Iraq just the opposite – was never shared with the State Department. Rumsfeld may have shelved it but was it actually Bush 43 who didn’t want it to come to light? Cheney and Bush 41 had a falling out when he was his SecDef over allowing the Russians into our underground area at Offutt AFB, home of SAC at the time. Don’t trust Bush Family at all!

  7. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    I think that eventually history will show that the only reason GWB was allowed to be the frontrunner was the same reason they chose Reagan and GHWB…men who know how to goose step to the back room GOP party bosses.

    Actually, Rumsfeld isn’t being truthful either but then, who expects any Republican to tell the truth? Rumsfeld, if you check the history books on him, was quite “in” with GHWB during the Nixon and Reagan eras.

    • ralphkr says:

      Personally, Eleanore, I always thought that the only reason GHWB was picked to run was that the Republicans wanted to make sure a Democrat was president when Reagan’s economic chickens came home to roost but the Democrats outsmarted them and found an even worse candidate for president than GHWB (hard to believe that was even possible).

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        When men build a cement wall around their brain to assume superior intelligent over all man and womankind, it only shows inferior intelligence. So..Let’s look at the GOP “better presidents” starting with Warren Harding…a recession and a prison sentence for his Secy of the Interior for attempting to sell off and make a profit from federal lands he tried to sell to oil intererests. Stike One of you Great GOP president theory.

        Strike Two…Nixon..the Burgular of WaterGate…he refused to hand over the tapes with the proof he was in on WaterGate, fired his own appointed investigator who demanded he hand over those tapes and then fired the replacement investigator…Your idea of a better GOP president right? Nixon was forced to resign becasue of the mobs of protestors demanding his resignation.

        Reagan…his Reagonics and Alzheimers ended his second term with a recession. The legacy of ALL GOP presidents. YOu got an excuse for a 2nd term recession? Then of course, there was the scandal of IranContra Gate. You are up to Strike three…want more?

        GHWB..a kinder, gentler to his corporate cronies digs up a war that cost him a second term and in HIS one and only term …had a tah dah…recession…Don’t bother denying any of this…it’s all out there right under your nose.

        Then, comes the biggest swaggering, drawling phony to hit DC in many moons. A phony New England Texan, GWB. Already got busted in Princeton NJ for being drunk and disorderly (gee drunk? a Republican? How very usual.) Then he busts up his Arbusto Oil and dumps that bankruptcy on taxpayers, gets his Daddy to push him to the front of the line for the TX Air National Guard where he spends a grand total of 6 months and off he goes to his next belly up of that TX sports tea. Meanwhile back at the Cheney ranch, Cheney gets no support from the GOP to run for president. So, Herr ach Tung Cheney does the next best thing…wheeling and dealing with Halliburton, he becomes its CEO for 2 years with a sweet deal for Halliburton to make Iraq a $350 billion profit when Cheney masterminds the war as tah dah…VP to front man Bush. He sends Bush off to campaign for an Iraq war for 18 months at a cost of $6.7 trillion and counting since all of the Iraq war debts are still unpaid.

        Sorry cement brain…don’t tell us how wonderful the GOP is…they are a bunch of thieves, scoundrels and covetous morons.

        • ralphkr says:

          Gee! Eleanore, what have you been smoking? You completely neglected to post some of the most telling differences between Republican Presidents and Democratic Presidents such as: Democratic versus Republican Economy

          Since 1901 S&P 500 annually plus 12.1% under Democrats and plus 5.1% under Republicans

          Since 1949 GDP plus 4.2% under Democrats and plus 2.6% under Republicans

          Since 1936 Corporate Profits per share plus 10.5% under Democrats and plus 8.9% under Republicans

          1. The Great Depression” Herbert Hoover (Republican)
          2. Recession of 1953: Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican)
          3. Recession of 1957: Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican)
          4. Recession of 1960: Dwight D. Eisenhower (Republican)
          5. The Oil Crisis: Richard Nixon (Republican)
          6. 1980s Recession: Ronald Reagan (Republican)
          7. 1990 Recession: G.H.W. Bush (Republican)
          8. 2002 Recession: G. W. Bush (Republican)
          9. The Second Great Depression: G.W. Bush (Republican)

          In the last 80 years (Hoover thru G.W.Bush) 1928-2008:
          Personal disposable income has grown nearly 6 times more under Democratic presidents.
          Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown 7 times more under Democratic presidents.
          Corporate profits have grown over 16% more per year under Democratic presidents (they actually declined under Republicans by an average of 4.53% per year)

          Average annual compound return on the stock market has been 18 times greater under Democratic presidents (If you invested $100K for 40 years of Republican administrations you had $126K at the end. The same $100K for 40 years of Democratic administrations you had $3.9 million at the end)
          Republican presidents added 2.5 times more to the national debt than Democratic presidents.

          And the Republicans have the audacity to claim that they are the pro-business party. Just another Republican lie just like the lie that their dream government is not Fascism.

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