The dedication this week of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum was more than an opportunity for the five living U.S. presidents to compare notes on what Stefan Lorant called “the glorious burden” of the office.
As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama was unsparing in his criticism of President George W. Bush’s anti-terrorism policies. He condemned torture and the infamous detention center at Guantanamo Bay, the lack of transparency and congressional oversight, the dubious legal framework and the blowback that was spawning more terrorists and diminishing U.S. standing in the world.
Donald Rumsfeld is back. Four years after being ousted from his job as secretary of defense, he has produced a memoir, “ Known and Unknown ,” which covers a lot of ground, most notably his own backside.
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he’s “disappointed” in how the Obama administration handled the early stage of the Libya crisis and called on the White House to work with other countries to “encourage” Muammar Qaddafi ’s overthrow.