The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur on Wednesday accused former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of hypocrisy for brushing off President Barack Obama’s decision to strike Osama bin Laden’s compound.
Tuesday night on Fox News, Rumsfeld denied that sending a SEAL team into Pakistan to kill or capture bin Laden was a “tough decision.”
“To not make that decision, it seems to me, would just be dumbfounding,” he said. “I can’t imagine any President not making that decision.”
Cenk, however, noted that Rumsfeld himself had called off a major raid targeting bin Laden.
“There was a U.S. general near Tora Bora with about five thousand troops and he asked Donald Rumsfeld — specifically him — for permission to pursue bin Laden,” Cenk said, describing a Senate report. “Rumsfeld said ‘no.’ This is not a matter in dispute. It is an absolute certifiable fact.”
Rumsfeld said the operation put too many American lives at risk and could have worsened relations with Pakistan.
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