Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld joined Fox News on Tuesday to discuss the impending threat posed by the Islamic State.
According to Rumsfeld, the Obama administration needs to stop dancing around the threat of ISIS, and needs to go after them head-on.
“It seems to me a lot of the country is still in a state of denial about it. And the only way you can deal with something like that is to put it up on the table, call it what it is, deal with it,” Rumsfeld told Fox’s Greta Van Susteren.
“If you try to defend everywhere, you defend nowhere. The only way you can deal with it is to go after those people.”
Rumsfeld would later go on to praise the administration’s recent appointment of Ashton Carter as new secretary of defense, saying that Carter was a “good man.” Ultimately Rumsfeld believes that Carter won’t be able to get much done in the administration.
“How successful he will be getting the president or the key people, Valerie Jarrett and the other people that are so influential in the department, to alter their behavior or advice or views, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Rumsfeld said.