Lefties are jumping up and down and gibbering with rage because former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said in an interview that a trained ape could have gotten a status of forces agreement.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: Is there sort of a way out of this? We are having this problem now where there is going to be an election soon. I guess that’s the best option for the United States, that the United States gets someone who is friendlier?
RUMSFELD: He was friendly. Our relationship with Karzai and with Afghanistan was absolutely first rate in the Bush administration. It has gone downhill like a toboggan ever since the Obama administration came in. Now, take, for example, the fact that we have status of forces agreements, probably with 100, 125 countries in the world. This administration, the White House and the State Department have failed to get a status of forces agreement. A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement. It does not take a genius.
Gleeful shouts of “Racism” are streaming from every studio. MSNBC even interrupted weeks of non-stop coverage of Chris Christie’s bridge to report the breaking news.
But Rumsfeld has been saying “a trained ape could do X” since before Obama was born.
Here’s an except from Dov Zakheim’s book, “A Vulcan’s Tale.”
“Rumsfeld’s style also confused many senior people inside the Pentagon…. many of us were on the receiving end of comments like “a trained ape could do better than that,” and not everyone grasped that Rumsfeld was not being personal.”
In Bradley Graham’s By His Own Rules, it’s clear that Rumsfeld has been saying “A Trained Ape” as far back as 1970.
“The next month, in December 1970, Nixon and his aides tried to persuade Rumsfeld to take over as head of the Republican National Committee. But Rumsfeld wasn’t interested. He rejected the suggestion which he considered lacking in challenge. “A trained ape could go out there and do that, and I’ll be darned if I’m a trained ape.”
In 1986, Rumsfeld said of the budget deficit, ‘The fact that domestic spending is the real culprit, he says, should be obvious to “a trained ape.”
In 2001, at a Business Week interview, Rumsfeld said, “And it doesn’t take a genius to figure out if you don’t get a return on your investment you’re not going to want to be investing in it. A trained ape can figure that out. An untrained ape can figure it out.”
When it came to Iraq’s WMD,s the left gleefully quoted Rumsfeld saying, “We all know that they have those weapons. A trained ape knows that.”
More recently, he said, “Oh my goodness gracious, what you can buy off the Internet in terms of overhead photography. A trained ape can know an awful lot of what is going on in this world, just by punching on his mouse, for a relatively modest cost.”
I could go on and document every instance, but suffice it to say that Rumsfeld has been saying, “Trained Ape” before Obama was born.
Sorry, no racism to see here. Better luck next time.