Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has defended the George W. Bush administration for its handling of the Iraq war, but has criticized the leadership staff for not adequately garnering enough public support for the Guantanamo Bay detention center.
The former Pentagon chief is in the midst of a media tour to promote his memoir Known and Unknown, which was released on Feb. 8. During a recent interview with FOX News, Rumsfeld — who resigned from his Defense post in 2006 — said that members of the Bush administration did not intentionally deceive the public when they reported that Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction, which served as a catalyst for America's invasion of the Middle Eastern nation.
Referring to former Secretary of State Colin Powell's infamous address to the United Nations in 2003, in which he cited intelligence about Iraq's weapons program, Rumsfeld told the news provider that Powell is an "honorable man" who "believed every word he gave in that speech."
Rumsfeld added that Bush's team could have done a better job improving the image of Guantanamo Bay, a prison for suspected terrorists. He said that even though the facility is "one of the finest prison systems in the world," the former administration was incapable of attracting public support for the project, which is now in jeopardy due to President Barack Obama's pledge to shut down Guantanamo.
According to media reports, Rumsfeld also attacks Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) in his book, calling the former Presidential candidate "a man with a hair-trigger temper and a propensity to fashion and shift his positions to appeal to the media."