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Rumsfeld Tells US Troops To Keep Up The Fight

From a crowing Associated Press:

Rumsfeld bids farewell to U.S. troops in Iraq, urging them to continue the war

BAGHDAD (AP) – Outgoing U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to Iraq over the weekend and said American forces should not quit the war until the enemy is defeated.

Just days after a U.S. bipartisan commission called the situation here "grave and deteriorating" and called for a major shift in U.S. government policy, Rumsfeld showed no sign Saturday of backing down from his long-standing position that insurgent groups such as "al-Qaida in Iraq" must be crushed.

"We feel great urgency to protect the American people from another 9/11 or a 9/11 times two or three," he said, referring to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.

"At the same time, we need to have the patience to see this task through to success. The consequences of failure are unacceptable," Rumsfeld told more than 1,200 soldiers and marines at Al-Asad, a sprawling airbase in Anbar province, the large area of western Iraq that is an insurgent stronghold. "The enemy must be defeated."

Rumsfeld, whose tenure at the Pentagon came under criticism in the Iraq Study Group report, continued to meet with U.S. troops in Iraq on Sunday…

Mr. Rumsfeld is a great man. He has given his life to this country.

Sadly, he is one of the last of his kind.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, December 10th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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