From FOXNEWS: Rumsfeld Cries Foul on Obama Claim Troop Requests for Afghanistan Were Denied Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Wednesday lashed out at President Obama for claiming the Bush administration rebuffed commanders' repeated requests for more troops in Afghanistan. In a rare break in his public silence since leaving the Pentagon, Rumsfeld rejected the claim as a "bald misstatement" and "disservice" that cannot go unanswered. "Such a bald misstatement, at least as it pertains to the period I served as secretary of defense, deserves a response," Rumsfeld said in a written statement. "I am not aware of a single request of that nature between 2001 and 2006." Rumsfeld Cries Foul on Obama Claim Troop Requests for Afghanistan Were Denied - FOXNews.com Maybe he forgot he left office before Bush did - maybe he should have checked his calendar before "answering." Or maybe he should have just checked PolitiFact. Several requests for additional troops were made by the previous top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, during President George W. Bush's final year in office. McKiernan made his requests public in a press conference in September 2008 in Afghanistan, saying he needed at least three more combat brigades, in addition to the one Bush had promised in January. He said more soldiers and resources were needed to stabilize insurgencies in Afghanistan. "The danger is that we'll be here longer and we'll expend more resources and experience more human suffering than if we had more resources placed against this campaign sooner," McKiernan told reporters. "The additional military capabilities that have been asked for are needed as quickly as possible," he said. McKiernan said then that the Pentagon validated his formal request for additional troops, and that his request dated back to when he replaced his predecessor four months prior. In a news briefing at the Pentagon on Oct. 1, 2008, McKiernan reiterated his call for more troops â€” "the level of effort needs to be increased" â€” and said he was hoping to see a shift of assets from Iraq to Afghanistan. PolitiFact | White House spokesman Robert Gibbs fires back at Cheney over troop levels in Afghanistan "Bald misstatement," indeed.