Rumsfeld: Obama Has Embraced Bush Doctrine, Despite Campaign Promises

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In an interview with Greta Van Susteren, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld claims that President Obama has accepted much of the Bush Doctrine out of necessity, contrary to many of his own campaign promises. As evidence, Rumsfeld pointed to the administrations enforcement of the Patriot Act, indefinite detention of terror suspects, and the continued operation of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

‘All of those things were criticized,’ said Rumsfeld, ‘but today are still in place two-and-a-half years later because they are the best alternative to other choices—and they are in fact successful in keeping America safer.’

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