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Rumsfeld to Obama: 'Speak the Truth' and Stop Standing on 'Mush

Donald Rumsfeld says the American people want America to succeed. He's just not sure the president does.

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Donald Rumsfeld - two-time Secretary of Defense, four-term U.S. Congressman from Illinois, and holder of a myriad of other prestigious posts throughout several White House administrations - had some words of wisdom for President Barack Obama during an interview with Mallory Factor this week.

Those words came from his new book, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life, that has been a lifetime in the making. Rumsfeld tells Factor that "confession is good for the soul" and that the short anecdotes and advice in the book began when his mother told him to write down questions in order to look the answers up later. Rumsfeld said that habit changed over the years and he began to collect thoughts, advice and words of wisdom from his colleagues.

"Not all of these are Rums Rules," he said.

That advice was directed towards President Obama this week. Rumsfeld said the president needed to focus on rebuilding the trust of the American people, to stop "playing so much golf and running off to Las Vegas," and to "speak the truth standing from a piece of concrete and not mush." Rumsfeld targeted Obama's inability to provide clarity to the people he represents and too much to his enemies, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also wanted to remind the president that he "leads by consent, not by command."

Rumsfeld also talked Syria and Iran on Wilkow! this week.

Check out the full interview with Factor below:

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