Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld claims that if Hillary Clinton were a US Servicemember, she would likely have faced the music for the crimes she is currently being investigated for.
The 83-year-old former Secretary of Defense who helped kick off the Iraq War says that Clinton -who is currently being investigated in regards to classified material she kept on a private server- would have been taken to task had she been a member of the US Military, according to the Daily Mail.
“I personally believe that if she were a sergeant in the Army or a yeoman in the Navy, she’d probably be indicted,” he said. ‘It’s just inexcusable. You just can’t do that!”
Rumsfeld says that he predicts that Clinton’s haphazard handling of classified information will have lasting consequences.
“Other countries will be less likely to share information with us,” he said, now that it’s clear the US Government is incapable of maintaining standards of secrecy in an age where cyber warfare is moving to the forefront.
Rumsfeld said the increased potential for hacking means that state secrets are vulnerable to exposing how the United States gathers information and thus can have dire impact on future intelligence-gathering if aforementioned secrets fall “into the hands of the other side.”
He says Clinton’s record for being unreliable means he won’t be voting for her this election.
“I couldn’t support Mrs. Clinton,” he told the Daily Mail. “What she has done with classified information I think is inexcusable and puts at risk people’s lives [and] not just ours.”
The former Secretary of Defense also expressed his issue with how Clinton addressed the families of US personnel killed in the 2012 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, who claim Clinton blamed the death of their loved ones on an anti-Islam YouTube video- all while telling her own family and foreign leaders that it was the result of jihadi attack.
“When Mrs. Clinton said to those people, the parents of the people killed, that it was the video, when she knew completely, certainly, that it wasn’t,” Rumsfeld said. “I mean, I’m very uncomfortable with someone like that.”
However, Clinton and Rumsfeld have had a long history of trading blows on each other’s policies and character.
When US service member deaths were at an all time high during the Iraq war in 2006, Hillary told Donald Rumsfeld, “Because of the administrations strategic blunders and frankly, the record of incompetence in executing, you are presiding over a failed policy. Given your track record Secretary Rumsfeld, why should we believe your assurances now?” during questioning on Capitol Hill.
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