Dada Rumsfeld: Absurd Words From Washington’s Highest-Profile Loser
The New York Times op-ed columnist, Thomas Friedman, an Arabist and student of history, wrote the following open letter to Vice President Cheney on Aug. 15, 2006:
Well, I just have one question for Mr. Cheney: If we’re in such a titanic struggle with radical Islam, and if getting Iraq right is at the center of that struggle, why did you “tough guys” fight the Iraq war with the Rumsfeld Doctrine—just enough troops to lose—and not the Powell Doctrine of overwhelming force to create the necessary foundation of any democracy-building project, which is security?
Six retired generals, two of whom commanded troops on the ground in Iraq, questioned Rumsfeld’s competency and called for his resignation.
While the administration was exhorting America to “stay the course,” the top commander in Iraq, General John Abizaid, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Aug. 3:
I believe that the sectarian violence is probably as bad as I’ve seen it, in Baghdad in particular, and that if not stopped it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war.
Last week the Pentagon issued “Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq,” a horrific 66-page assessment of the situation. A sample incendiary paragraph:
Setbacks in the levels and nature of violence in Iraq affect all other measures of stability, reconstruction, and transition. Sectarian tensions increased over the past quarter, manifested in an increasing number of execution-style killings, kidnappings, and attacks on civilians, and increasing numbers of internally displaced persons. Sunni and Shi’a extremists, particularly al-Qaeda in Iraq and rogue elements of Jaysh al Mahdi (JAM), are increasingly interlocked in retaliatory violence and are contesting control of ethnically mixed areas to expand their existing areas of influence. Concern about civil war within the Iraqi civilian population and among some defense analysts has increased in recent months. Conditions that could lead to civil war exist in Iraq. Nevertheless, the current violence is not a civil war, and movement toward civil war can be prevented. Breaking the cycle of violence is the most pressing goal of Coalition and Iraqi operations.