Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had some harsh words for Barack Obama following Obama’s speech explaining his decision to send 30,000 of the military’s requested 40,000 troops to Afghanistan.
Barack Obama said in his speech: “Throughout this period, our troop levels in Afghanistan remained a fraction of what they were in Iraq. Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive.”
That statement angered Mr. Rumsfeld who is asking Congress to review Obama’s claims in order to to “determine exactly what requests were made, who made them, and where and why in the chain of command they were denied.”
It appears the Obama camp was not prepared for a challenge to the President’s comments as White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs claimed that Obama was referring to requests that came during 2008. That would make Obama’s Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates the culprit.
“Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as secretary of defense, deserves a response. I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006.”
The president’s assertion does a disservice to the truth and, in particular, to the thousands of men and women in uniform who have fought, served and sacrificed in Afghanistan.” — Donald Rumsfeld