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May 15th, 2013
11:22 PM ET

Donald Rumsfeld on Barack Obama's response to the Benghazi attacks: "The president left town, and went on campaigning...an executive doesn't do that"

As political pressure continues to mount in the nation's capital, on Wednesday evening "Piers Morgan Live" welcomed the return of Donald Rumsfeld, a man all too familiar with the red-hot glare accustomed to those working under the Washington microscope.

Addressing the on-going debate and drama surrounding the September 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and the subsequently "controversial and slow-to-evolve explanation" offered by Washington, the former two-time Secretary of Defense offered his perspective, specifically taking exception with the way Barack Obama handled the situation in the weeks following the incident:

"He went around saying at the U.N. that it was a spontaneous demonstration, because of a YouTube, and Secretary of Defense Clinton went to the families of the people who were killed and said we're going to find the man who did that YouTube video...they promoted that inaccurate narrative for days and days and days, and it was wrong," Rumsfeld told Piers Morgan. "There was no demonstration. And I think the hearings on that are going to be terribly damaging."

The 80-year-old Republican and former Naval Captain took particular exception with the president's travel schedule following the deadly conflict:

"The people in Benghazi were under attack, and then they were killed. And the president left town, and went on campaigning in Las Vegas as I recall," Rumsfeld detailed. "An executive doesn't do that."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, for additonal insight from a political veteran who boasts the unique distinction of having been both the youngest and oldest person to ever serve as Secretary of Defense.
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  1. guest

    Possibly one of the worst interviews ever conducted on CNN. Mr Morgan should stick with soft,celebrity level conversations. Leave quality, hard target guests to Fareed Zakaria. I am not sure where to begin so I will just mention one breath taking moment. "The people in Benghazi were under attack, and then they were killed. And the president left town, and went on campaigning in Las Vegas as I recall," Rumsfeld detailed. "An executive doesn't do that." Really , Mr Morgan, cat got your tongue, Not only was that a completely distorted and false accusation, but let us see.... is there any other modern day POTUS that you might have brought to Mr Rumsfeld attention? Just when you thought an interview couldn't pack more absurdity in to a one minute segment, you come back with a bunch of" what if " questions regarding Mr. Obama's situation. As if there were not enough of real actual factual information to work with.

    May 16, 2013 at 4:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      What's a POTUS?

      America&Acronyms...

      May 16, 2013 at 10:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • ARand

        Hey, we just love our acronyms, especially the military. Anyway...

        POTUS = President of the United States
        VPOTUS = Vice President of the United States
        SCOTUS = Supreme Court of the United States

        May 18, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. max

    do you now understand why people should never trust there government? if you don't you are to far gone to help. freedom is what we love freedom is what we fight for its what makes the USA great and if we have to up set people like you that want them to take our guns so be it be up set go home to your save england. But understand this is the wild west and it doesn't get any saver. for when I hear some thing I reach for my gun not the phone unless I can hit them with it. the IRS wire tapes we just never know do we.

    May 16, 2013 at 5:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Max Live From The Alamo

      '...I reach for my gun not the phone unless I can hit them with it...'

      LOL!

      Welcome to the Family!

      May 16, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Ralph

    Very good job Piers at being the tool everyone makes you out to be. Bad enough fair and balanced Fox News would bring out Rumsfeld and Cheaney but for you to bring out people who helped get us into a war of no basis this is ridiculous. I know you asked them about the Iraq war, which again in fanatasy land the Bush people think that they were just. I cringed and didnt watch whole interview but did you ask them about intelligence failur of 911? Almost 3.000 dead compared to 4.

    Did the Obama Administration cover up about terrorist attacks to cover their ass? I'm sure they did. But for you to bring this blowhard onto your show is a joke. For first time I'm with the gun nuts, go back to England.

    May 16, 2013 at 6:52 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      '...almost 3000 dead compared to 4.'

      Four what?

      May 16, 2013 at 10:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. abdulnoor

    Reblogged this on abdulnoorblog.

    May 16, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. PAUL

    EXCUSE ME, MR. MORGAN, YOU GRILLED MR RUMSFELD REALLY HARD WITH YOUR RIDICULOUS SOFTBALL-QUESTIONS ABOUT IRAQ ETC. HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED IN MR. RUMSFELDS PERVERSE WAR IN IRAQ, BASED ON LIES AND NOTHING BUT LIES, THAT FILLED THE POCKETS OF CHENEYS FRIENDS AT HALLIBURTON ETC. – AND HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED IN BENGHAZI ? YOUR SPONSORS TRUMP, GIULIANI AND RUPERT MURDOCH MUST BE VERY HAPPY WITH YOU, MR. HANNITY NR. 2

    May 16, 2013 at 9:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Defending The Cap'n

      Guys,guys...it's a moot point as to how much control or say Piers has over who CNN want on–they are the network,after all.But you can be assured he doesn't like Rumsfeld ergo everything he's culpable for.

      Dunno where to begin there,maybe the carpetbombing of Kabul with Taliban safe in caves...

      May 16, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • ARand

        @ Defending the Cap'n

        And continuing that thought with invading Iraq instead of where we should've been – Afghanistan and Pakistan.

        May 18, 2013 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARand

      HUH? Paul I agree with you up until the very last point. CNN isn't funded by the idiot Trump or Murdock. It's funded by Ted Turner (Mr ex-Hanoi Jane), quite possibly Soros indirectly, and appears to be the propaganda wing of the administration.

      May 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Peter

    Seriously, could you have picked a more unqualified person to comment on the current scandals du jour? Why would you pull this "send soldiers into war with inferior protection cause that's all we got" ex-Secretary of Offense out of the obscurity that he so richly deserves?

    May 17, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • shepherdgregory

      Think he's plugging a book,Peter,but if you're looking for something to read,I have something on him and his 'precision
      weaponry' posted in this vicinity(remember him going on about Henny Penny.Jeez...I recall staring at the floor,and
      doing a double take hearing it live on radio.What a laddie,Donald.)

      May 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Name*saeedshaban

    Cnntv

    May 18, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. guoto.blogspot.fr

    I really like reading through an article that will make people think.

    Also, thank you for allowing for me to comment!

    May 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Commander Zero

    When the war heats up in Syria this week,
    Answers to impeachable offenses can be avoided
    And BO can go back to the baths with his favored correspondents.
    Cooper and Lemon live with BO from the turkish bath.

    May 20, 2013 at 1:35 am | Report abuse | Reply

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