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  • Tuesday, December 06, 2005

    Iraq "on greatly improved path, says Rummy. Yeah right.

    From American Progress:

    In an address at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld blamed the press for depicting a deteriorating situation on the ground in Iraq, arguing the country is "on a greatly improved path." Rumsfeld said "news media organizations were focusing too much on casualties and mistakes by the military in Iraq and were failing to provide a full picture of the progress toward stabilizing the country." Washington Post columinst Richard Cohen responds by noting it was Rumsfeld's "mistakes, miscalculations and arrogant dismissal of dissent [that] have cost American (and Iraqi) lives and prolonged the conflict." Rumsfeld's numerous miscalculations, writes Cohen, include, among other things "fighting the war on the cheap -- in terms of both manpower and money" and dismissing the "looting that stripped Iraq bare following the war, setting the stage for the chaos and lawlessness that persist to this day." Cohen concludes, "When it comes to Iraq, if the United States is going to stay, then Rumsfeld has to go." Some pundits inside the beltway have begun speculating Rumsfeld may be on his way out, and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) may be on his way in.

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