Rumsfeld has Been Saying “A Trained Ape Could Do Better” Before Obama was Born


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.

  • Veracious_one

    leftist liberals are always grasping at straws…

  • Berceuse

    Funny how he used a common idiom with no thought to Obama, much less his ethnicity, and yet it’s the left who immediately drew those inferences. Who are the racists?

    • Doobee

      The Obamabots see it as yet another opportunity to engage in the usual race-baiting. They’ve got nothing else.

  • Josh Randall

    Apes are the one’s who should be insulted. Obama is an American hating imbecile. Rumsfeld speaks the truth.

  • truebearing

    Why do leftists think Obama looks or acts like an ape? It seems they react to ape references like trained apes.

    • bob smith

      sadly because the left know it to be true.

      they fear the obvious and hope that no one truly admits that a half black, half white man raised by a white mother/family in a white’s only world of ‘white’ ivy league schools and white wealth now living in the white house is a total abject failure.

      even a trained or untrained ape knows that.

      • truebearing

        Just imagine how insulted the apes are after the Left suggested that they are like Obama.

        • bob smith


        • c0mm0ncenz

          exactly. Why the racism against apes? Do we need to start an advocacy movement for apes? Who’ll be the first to print “I like apes” bumper stickers?

  • A Z

    Of course this Rumsfield’s remark is taken as racist. Obama is an affirmative action hire.

    • truebearing

      A poorly trained ape could have chosen a better president.

      • A Z

        Actually monkeys are into fairness. If you make a monkey do x (that is work) and give him a reward y and another monkey see it, then when you have the second monkey do x and give him something less that y, it will throw a fit.

        Conclusion, Monkeys and other apes know better than to trust Democrats.

        See Discover magazine interview of the “Monkey Whisperer”.

        People who work are being told that they will get the same health care as people who do not. Democrats can only threaten people so long.

  • edlancey

    Evidently not. Karzai is a junkie, perhaps he’s getting more paranoid.

  • bob smith

    you see Daniel, what the left as well as the right fail to acknowledge is that by default, they are all racists.


    easy enough. when we call a man who is born of a white woman black, that equates to the pot calling the tea kettle…?

    it is entirely impossible from any genetic perspective let alone the life of being raised by white people as a white person that the Manchurian candidate is black, Negro, African, whatever. It is purely from a myth that should he be ‘conceived’ as a black man that society has progressed as a whole. yet, in his very existence we are reminded daily, that society apparently hasn’t progressed and by ‘His’ (sarcasm) existence as a black man, we know it all too well.

    God alone is the only power that could explain a man born of a white women in a white ivy league life who attempts to act as a black man in a muslim’s suit courting islam’s dreams of his father. that is twisted (as is the man himself).

    even a trained, or in the case of the Manchurian resident of the WHITE house, an untrained, community activist of an ape would know that.


    he is a mulatto, PERIOD!!!


    Definition of MULATTO

    1: the first-generation offspring of a black person and a white person

    2: a person of mixed white and black ancestry

    • Doobee

      I think Obama’sWorld is simpler than that: if you’re white, you’re a racist.

  • lyndaaquarius

    my teen-age daughter has absolutely no grasp on why “trained ape” is remotely racist.She’s a straight A student.Well read,too.These getting weaker by the day Leftists have a real ugly streak,don’t they? “Every dog will have his day”.

    • Berceuse

      Well, there you go. Smart, educated, not a racist bone in her body, so naturally she wouldn’t draw such reprehensible inferences. What kind of person would?

      • lyndaaquarius

        Marxists over 40.Not seeing people as individuals must be part of their Collectivist mental sickness.

  • lapin.grove

    Obama is not an ape or trained…. he is SLUG leaving a slime trail everywhere he goes and on everything he touches.
    How’s that?

    • Berceuse

      My God, man, that’s racist! ;)

  • nomoretraitors

    I love it when the left goes apesh*t

  • nomoretraitors

    Methinks they doth protest too much

  • glpage

    The left is probably offended because a trained ape could do darn near anything better then them.

  • HermitLion

    I dare say a trained ape would always triumph over a non-trained one.

  • Bamaguje

    I agree with the lamestream media interpretation… Obama is an untrained ape!!