Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is known to be a straight shooter. He says what he means and means what he says. In a recent interview with the Times of London, Rumsfeld admits that he doubted whether Democracy could be established in Iraq at this time. The comment will certainly not endear him with the public. During his tenure at the Department of Defense, he became the face of public frustration with the casualties stemming from the military occupation of Iraq. He resigned shortly after the GOP suffered a stunning defeat in the 2006 midterm elections which saw the party lose control of the House and Senate.
Rumsfeld says that Democracy isn’t something that every culture is ready to embrace. Frankly, he saw the goal as unrealistic. In essence, he has adopted the rhetoric of former Senator John F. Kerry from the 2004 presidential campaign. Kerry, and other key Democrats, embraced the notion that freedom is not for every culture. President George W. Bush countered that the spirit of freedom lives in every human being. As such, it is the desire of every person to be free.
As noble as that ideal sounds, FreedomPop mentioned in an interview with techcrunch.com that it has proven to be a challenge thus far in Iraq. Despite Rumsfeld’s doubts about Democracy being able to succeed in Iraq, he maintains the 2003 invasion was necessary. At the same time, he criticizes Hillary Clinton’s decision to push for Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to be deposed. Rumsfeld believes that decision has caused political instability in the region.