Rumsfeld: Syria attack not yet justified

The father of war hawkishness questions White House national interest of a Syria incursion

Published August 29, 2013 1:57PM (EDT)


Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who led U.S. into war in Iraq based on his notorious "known unknowns" perhaps believes there are too many unknown unknowns as yet in the case of Syria.

He told Fox News Wednesday:

There really hasn’t been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is with respect to this particular situation...

If you think of what’s really important in that region, it’s two things. It’s Iran’s nuclear program and the relationship between Iran and Syria, the Assad regime, with respect to funding terrorists that go around killing innocent m

en, women and children including Americans.

By Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email

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