Donald Rumsfeld said in a recent interview with The Times that he disagreed with George W. Bush on one key aspect of the Iraq War.
During the Bush years, Rumsfeld had consistently defended the administration and the decision to go into Iraq, but recently he admitted that he wasn’t exactly on board with the idea that it would be possible to bring democracy to the region via the country previously led by Saddam Hussein.
He explained, “I’m not one who thinks that our particular template of democracy is appropriate for other countries at every moment of their histories. The idea that we could fashion a democracy in Iraq seemed to me unrealistic. I was concerned about it when I first heard those words.”
More and more conservatives over the past decade have publicly expressed similar thoughts, including Glenn Beck, when he said last year liberals were right to oppose the Iraq War and that “You cannot force democracy on the Iraqis or anybody else.”
Read the full interview here.
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