[VIDEO] Obama could not have killed Osama bin Laden without military ‘investment’ of Bush admin, says Rumsfeld
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is Part II of Campus Reform's EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Part III will feature Secretary Rumsfeld’s views on the rise in popularity of libertarianism and non-interventionism among young people.
Osama bin Laden was killed as a direct result of “investment” made by President George W. Bush’s administration, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told Campus Reform in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
“I know for a fact it would not have been done absent the kinds of investment that were made over the preceding decade,” Rumsfeld told Campus Reform in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
Rumsfeld made the remarks just ahead of President Obama’s keynote address to be delivered at the Democratic National Convention in which he is widely expected to tout Bin Laden’s death as a major accomplishment of his presidency.
“I think it was a good thing that Osama Bin laden was killed and the reason they were able to kill him was because of the investment that was made during the Bush administration,” Rumsfeld said.
Rumsfeld suggested it was policies he implemented under the Bush White House that gave the U.S. military the capability to perform the audacious raid that lead to the killing of Bin Laden on May 2, 2011.
“In intelligence capability, in human intelligence, we doubled the size of the special operations forces, including the Marines, increased their authorities, improved their equipment,” said Rumsfeld. “They are without question the finest warriors on the face of the earth today, but they weren’t that way in 2001, 2002, or 2003.”
“It took years to to develop that capability,” he added.
WATCH: Rumsfeld: Obama wouldn't have killed bin Laden without Bush admin's military 'investments'
Despite his touting the Bush administration's strengthening of U.S. military capablity, Rumsfeld also acknowledge that Obama made the correct decision to pursue bin Laden in May 2011.
“I think the president made the right decision to go after him and kill him,” said Rumsfeld.