Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Monday attacked Barack Obama for failing to secure a “status of forces” agreement with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai. How bad was it? He said a “trained ape” could've done better.
During an appearance on Fox News with Greta Van Susteren, Rumsfeld said:
“A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius. And we have so mismanaged that relationship.”
The former Defense Secretary noted that the United States has such agreements with more than 100 other countries, and that the agreement would allow it to station military forces in Afghanistan for years to come. As for America's relationship with Afghan president Hamid Kharzai, Rumsfeld said it's gone “downhill like a toboggan” since Obama became president:
"United States diplomacy has been so bad — so embarrassingly bad — that I’m not the least bit surprised that he (Obama) felt cornered and is feeling he has to defend himself in some way or he’s not president of that country.”
While Rummy's assessment of Obama's failure to secure a status of forces agreement with Afghanistan (just as he failed to do with Iraq) may have been correct, his choice of words will unfortunately divert the media's focus away from the reason he was speaking in the first place: Obama's lackluster handling of foreign affairs.