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Donald Rumsfeld slams President Bush for pursuing democracy in Iraq

Donald Rumsfeld: George W. Bush was wrong about Iraq

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld spoke to the Times of London on Tuesday blasting former President George W. Bush’s pursuing democracy in Iraq. Rumsfeld served as President Bush’s Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2007 and was one of the leading architects of the Iraq war. Rumsfeld also raised broader concerns that the global nation-state system faces a threat of replacement by Islamic caliphates and said that NATO and the United Nations may be unequipped to handle threats from Islamic extremists.

Rumsfeld also addressed the removal of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi saying it was a mistake because it destabilized the region but endorsed the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power. The Iraq War and concerns over Middle East stability have returned to the forefront of the national debate with the ongoing battle with the Islamic State, or ISIS. In a declassified memo from July 2002, Rumsfeld described his plan for fostering democracy in Iraq after ousting Hussein: “In Iraq, there are many undesirable opposition elements — a Communist faction, Sunni fundamentalists, and radical Sh’ia — all with presumably some support around the country and in some institutions,” he wrote. “Organizing the democratic opposition groups that we favor into a real political-military force is essential to preempt these groups, avoid a political vacuum, and avoid a chaotic post-Saddam free-for-all.”  Read more at


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