In 2003, I was part of the effort to find Saddam Hussein. I then became the first to debrief him after his capture that December. Prior to his incarceration, I heard over and over from counterparts in the military and the Bush administration that if we caught Saddam we would be able to nip the growing Iraqi insurgency in the bud.
When I interrogated Saddam, he told me: “You are going to fail. You are going to find that it is not so easy to govern Iraq.” When I told him I was curious why he felt that way, he replied: “You are going to fail in Iraq because you do not know the language, the history, and you do not understand the Arab mind.”
Giving Cheney some alone time under his rock, Donald Rumsfeld crawled out to remind us what a terrible and deluded human he still is, especially when it comes to US foreign policy in the Middle East. Nobody is ecstatic (outside of Lockheed Martin) over the possibility of military involvement in Syria and the United States, once again, flouting the Law of Unintended Consequences as we find ourselves even closer to intervening in yet another middle eastern country’s internal problems. But if there’s one individual who should stay as far away from foreign policy decisions and critiques, it’s Donald Rumsfeld. After all, this is the very same man who helped provide Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons and decades later planned a war to oust that very same dictator like some people plan what they’re doing on a Friday night.