Politics & Government

March 25, 2014

Donald Rumsfeld: A 'trained ape' could do better than Obama administration on Afghanistan

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld blasted the Obama administration for what he called "terrible diplomacy" with Afghanistan, saying a "trained ape" could have secured an agreement to keep some U.S. troops in the country.

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld blasted the Obama administration for what he called "terrible diplomacy" with Afghanistan, saying a "trained ape" could have secured an agreement to keep some U.S. troops in the country.

"A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement," Rumsfeld said near the end of the 4 1/2-minute interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "It does not take a genius."

The U.S. and Afghanistan agreed to details of a security pact last year, but Afghani President Hamid Karzai said he wanted his successor to sign the agreement. In February, President Obama threatened to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by year's end if a pact was not reached.

Meanwhile, over the weekend, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte called on the president to make a decision on how many troops would remain in Afghanistan after this year.

Rumsfeld called the failure to reach a security agreement a result of a 'mismanaged' relationship between the Obama administration and Karzai.

"They have trashed Karzai publicly over and over and over," Rumsfeld told Greta Van Susteren, adding he thinks the remarks have pushed Karzai into a "political box where he really has very little choice."

Rumsfeld appeared on Fox News' "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" to talk about Karzai's recent decision to back Russia's annexation of Crimea. The United States has strongly opposed the moves by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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