Oh, Rummy, Rummy, Rummy. You're senile, you're white, you're conservative and entitled, so it sort of makes sense. But you don't just say these things out loud, old man.
While lambasting the White House's management of the Afghanistan war last night, Bush-era defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that "a trained ape" could do a better job running the campaign.
Rumsfeld joined the program by phone, and was attempting to criticize Obama for not securing a long-term "status of forces agreement" with Afghan president Hamid Karzai—a contract that would permit U.S. military forces to remain in the country beyond the current agreement and regulate their conduct in the war zone:
"We have status of forces agreements, probably with 100, 125 countries in the world. This administration, this White House and the State Department have failed to get a status of forces agreement [in Afghanistan.] A trained ape can get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius. We have so mismanaged that relationship."
Rumsfeld then rambled somewhat incoherently for a few more seconds before Van Susteren, perhaps slightly taken aback, ended the interview there.
Rumsfeld, of course, was (eventually) fired as defense secretary and replaced with the more staid, less blowtorchy Bob Gates after bungling both the Afghanistan and Iraq campaigns, and after reportedly screwing up the Bush administration's response to Katrina for petty personal reasons.
He may think the administration is dumber than trained apes for not renewing a force agreement with Afghanistan, but the public certainly doesn't. A December 2013 ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 96 percent of respondents thought the U.S. should bring all or most of its troops home from Afghanistan in 2014.