By Jonathan Easley - 09/04/13 12:54 PM EDT
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday endorsed the Obama administration’s case for a military strike against Syria.
“My view is that we’ve had over 100,000 people dead in Syria over the last year or two,” Rumsfeld told Fox and Friends.
At the same time, Rumsfeld, who earned public scorn for his leadership of the Pentagon during the Iraq War, said Obama didn’t need to ask Congress for authorization and may have made a mistake in doing so.
“Now, did he need to go to Congress? No. Presidents as commander in chief have authority, but they have to behave like a commander in chief.”
He referred to Obama as “the so-called commander in chief,” and questioned whether a strike on Syria would be effective given the way Obama has handled it.
“It seems to me that if you’re going to do something you should do something that has a value and a purpose, rather than sending signals out that what we’re going to do won’t be much, won’t last long, and won’t end up with any changed circumstance on the ground,” said Rumsfeld.
“I think that’s unfortunate and I think that’s reflected in the fact that the American people are confused by it, the Congress is confused. He doesn’t have the kind of support that President Bush had in respect to his military actions.”
Rumsfeld said that unless the action is going to be effective, the U.S. shouldn’t act.