Thursday, November 09, 2006

Rumsfeld Acknowledges Rocky Turn in Iraq

Amazing how quickly stories change when someone is no longer worried about their job.

A day after being ousted as secretary of defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld today defended the U.S. military's initial invasion of Iraq but said the bloody three-year aftermath "has not been going well enough or fast enough."

Are we all surprised? Does Runsfeld actually think he had us all fooled?

"There have been very impressive things that have been accomplished" in Iraq, Rumsfeld said in an address at Kansas State University.

That's true. They voted, we caught Saddam and put his two sons in the dirt. There was also some other good things that have happened but damned if they weren't eclipsed but the mountain of unimpressive shit that has gone down.

"The country has drafted a constitution. The schools are open. The hospitals are open. They have a stock market. They have a free press."

Unfortunately, no one follows the constitution, parents are afraid to send their children to school and hospitals, well, there's been a ton of overtime available for those who work there. They have a stock market? I'm sorry, excuse me for not assuming Iraq's economy is booming. At least, not while everything else there is booming.

But those accomplishments, he added, must be weighed "against the fact that there's violence and sectarian violence . . . and that people are being killed and Muslims are being killed by violent extremist Muslims."

Anyone else have a funny feeling which way the scale's going?


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