Rumsfeld criticizes Obama, says he's 'proud of America'
February 20th, 2011
09:23 AM ET
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Rumsfeld criticizes Obama, says he's 'proud of America'

Washington (CNN) - Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said there's no evidence to support the premise that the United States is "liked" more now that Obama is president, an idea touted by his supporters.

"No, and I don't think there's data that supports that," Rumsfeld said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "I think he has made a practice of trying to apologize for America. I personally am proud of America."

He was also critical of the president's Nobel Peace Prize that he received shortly after taking office in 2009.

"Well, he had not accomplished a thing when he got the Nobel Prize," Rumsfeld told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "It was given to him on hope. Had to have been because there wasn't anything that he'd done. He'd been in office 15 minutes."

And despite receiving some boos when he recently was honored at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual gathering of conservative activists, Rumsfeld said the Tea Party has brought "a lot of energy into public life and public affairs."

He said he's "deeply worried about the budget" and that the country needs to start saving money now.

"My goodness, every year the Congress was stuffing $10 billion down the Pentagon's throat that we didn't want," Rumsfeld said. "There's no question that there's money there."

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soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Voiceinthewind

    We are proud of America but only since Obama took over we were ashamed when The Shrub and you and your co-horts ruined America and its reputation world wide. You Mr. Rumesfeld belong in Prison along with the Shrub and the rest of your murdering crew.

    February 20, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Thatguy371

    This twit needs to go enjoy his retirement. Either that or write some venomous book to fire up the righties. What a loser.

    February 20, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  3. Inmyopinion

    Anyone that believes that we need to apologize to the international community obviously has never lived, worked, been part of a community in any foreign country. Obviously, the number of American people that are calling our actions "war crimes" are ignorant, unaware that our actions don't even compare to the actions of the local authorities (police) on local matters with their residents and to foreigners our apology is a joke as those people truly are abused, mistreated by their local authorities (police) stripping them of any human rights not even access to a lawyer ( and this is just Europe now imagine Asia).

    February 20, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. therealmarie

    I blast President Obama for not presenting all of the neo-Cons to the Hague for crimes against humanity. They should have been well on their way to prosecution. Those who continue to try and legitimize and revise history by promoting these vile individuals should also be prosecuted.

    February 20, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  5. Rick, New Hope, AL

    Because even the BOZOS at the World Court know that the b.s. you morons are shovelling in this post won't stick.

    February 20, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  6. duke

    Bush,and his whole cabinet are war criminal,and they will be arrested as soon as they step foot in europe!
    Just like julian assange there's an arrest warrants waiting in switzerland for all bush officials.
    If you weren't distracted by non sense you would know this!

    February 20, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. John J, IN

    Liar. Just trying to re-write history to mask his incompetence.

    February 20, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. me

    Liked more??? Maybe not, but certainly hated less...I seem to remember celebrations in various countries when Obama won....don't remember seeing that for Bush......

    February 20, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Gina

    Rummy, you along with Bush and Cheney are just a few of our biggest American embarrassments. Just face it. You led the chant for wars that we had no plans to pay for; drove the economy to the brink of disaster and now you blame everything on Obama. Typical GOP tactic, crap in the catbox and expect someone else to clean it up. Thank goodness we have a President who thinks before he acts. Is her perfect, no. Have any before him been perfect, no! But he sure represents more of what the middle class need in this country.

    February 20, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Alistair

    Rumy you should be in jail.

    February 20, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. an84u

    I think Rummy dislikes President Obama because the PREZ shows him up for the fraud and shame Rumsfeld visited upon US citizens everywhere. I wish Rummy "see himself as others see him", but sadly that will not be. These neocon RePUKEltards are hell bent upon destroying our nation!

    February 20, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Griff

    Pretend Congress actually was handing you billions that you didn't want.

    Why didn't you send it back? Where did it go anyway?

    Sure as hell wasn't used for vehicle upgrades and body armor.

    February 20, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Felix

    We are all living witnesses to the serious damage that these Neo-cons did to the moral authority of the United States around the world. We are not going to allow these revisionists to change the facts. Close to 5, 000 Americans lives and in the upwards of 100,000 Iraqi lives were wasted on a spurious and trumped up evidence of WMD for waging this callous war. What other reason did have for invading Iraq that the American people and their Representatives in Congress did not know about? Could you imagine what would have happened if President Obama was the one that authorized that spurious invasion based on non-existing evidence? The Right wing in this country would have gone ballistics and would have even proposed bills to bar Democrats and especially Black folks from aspiring to the presidency.

    February 20, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Dan

    Why can these like cheney and rumhead just go away? they feel that they have to keep talking about how they did not do any damage to this country and hope that history will show them in the light they want, rather than what the truth will show. I bet that the koch's brothers will pay to have the history written the way they want.

    February 20, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Truth hurts

    Rumsfled has a nerve even showing his face in public. He should personally apologize to the families of every one of the nearly 5,000 US sons and daughters killed in his pointless war in Iraq, to the 30,000 US sons and daughters wounded and to the families of the nearly 250,000 Iraqi civilians killed. He is a war criminal, a liar, a panderer to special interests and symbolizes everything that was – sadly permanently – broken during Bush's 8 year assault on America,

    February 20, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Bessy

    This man along with Bush and Cheney should all be brought up on War Crimes. I have no idea how they can wake up each morning and face another day. They owe President Obama for not bringing them up on charges. We owed the world an appology and Mr Obama can hold his head up no matter where he goes. More than I can say for the 3 war mongers. When his terms in office are over he and his family will be able to travel where ever they want with out fear of being arrested. Not so for Bush, Cneney or Rumsfield.

    February 20, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  17. Truth hurts

    If you an unwanted surplus of $10 Billion Rummy, maybe you can explain why troops had to buy their own armor and why unarmored Humvees were sent into combat situations? You are a disgrace and the lies continue.

    February 20, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Henry

    this guy a arrogant, delusional. He'll be hang in any other country. He should feel lucky more than proud to be in this country.

    February 20, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Another war criminal from the previous regime that should be grateful that President Obama did not let the Senate and House go ahead with the war crime investigations that should have happened. But not to worry rummey, there are other countries out there that will take one of you bastards into custody when you leave the safety of the USA and put you on trial for the war crimes you were responsible for.

    February 20, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Willy4

    Gotta love the posters like "annie s" who bandy about the term "war crimes" without the slightest sense of what they are talking about. Their blind use of the mantra of Bush-haters only makes them pathetic.....

    February 20, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Doug

    Sick of Rumsfeld and his merry band of war criminals trying to alter history and make themselves out to be some cowboy like cult heroes. Go away, please, once and for all, go away.

    February 20, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Lee Bartholomew

    Now he's worried about the money. We were too but spend spend you spent. right into a big hole 😦

    February 20, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Linda

    Rumsfeld should be in jail for lying to the American public about the Iraq War and for ordering torture in or names. He is a criminal, a liar, a war monger and war profiteer. Why do you even quote anything he says? Like Karl Rove, he is responsible for the more than 100,000 civilian Iraqi deaths and the thousands of young Americans deaths. He went with 'the army we had rather than the one he would want" and left them unnprotected on the battle field. He is a disgrace! and responsible for the huge deficits that the Iraq War has caused our great nation. Go to hell, Rumsfeld! No one cares what you have to say

    February 20, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Mike S.

    You did a heck of a job, Rummy. Over 4,000 U.S. troops dead, over 200,000 innocent Iraqi citizens, men, women and children dead. Yes, you are proud of that, and that's what makes you and Junior hypocrites.

    February 20, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. fayse

    Neither Bush nor Cheney can travel abroad. I wish that they would because they should be held accountable for authorizing torture. Because of the torture of the prisoners at GITMO their cases have been so tainted that the legal branch of the Government is having a very difficult time sorting this mess out. Torture is torture no matter how you try to defend it. Torture is against the Federal Law and the International Law.

    February 20, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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