Rumsfeld ‘Can’t Tell’ If Obama Has Switched Sides In War On Terror (VIDEO)

Speaking at a conservative gathering late last month, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he didn’t know if President Barack Obama had switched sides in the War on Terror.

The video below — mined by Democratic opposition researcher James Carter IV — shows Rumsfeld answering a question from a man off-screen at an event hosted by the David Horowtiz Freedom Center on May 21 in the Los Angeles area. 

“As you go around the country, do you have any sense or the same sort of sinking feeling that the rest of us have that [Obama has] actually switched sides in the War on Terror?” the man asked, drawing a smattering of applause from the audience. 

“You know, I just don’t feel competent to answer,” Rumsfeld said. “I can’t tell.” 

Rumsfeld added, “It bothers me greatly that he’s unwilling to identify the enemy. I don’t see how you win if you don’t.”

Carter, best-known for spotting the infamous “47 percent” video involving Mitt Romney, told TPM that the full video of Rumsfeld’s appearance went up on the Freedom Center’s website on Monday. How did he find the video?

“This is just what I do,” Carter said.

 

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