The Virgin Defense Secretary - Rumsfeld still considers himself credible

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Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has kept a relatively low profile in recent years -- leaving office as a reviled national embarrassment tends to leave limited options -- but he still works his way into the spotlight from time to time. This week, for example, Rumsfeld appeared on Fox News to question President Obama's claims about the mission that killed Osama bin Laden a year ago. 'You mentioned there was a tough decision,' he said. 'I don't think it was a tough decision.' There are a few relevant angles to the comments. First, whether the former Pentagon chief understands this or not, the decision facing Obama was far more complex and risky than Republicans chose to believe. Second, if Rumsfeld hadn't made the wrong call at Tora Bora, the threat posed by the al Qaeda leader would have been eliminated a decade ago.

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