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The rumsfeld view


Here is a very good condensed version of Rummy’s view on the question of more troops to Baghdad, from his interview with Brit last night:

HUME (voice-over): But what about the idea of sending more troops to Iraq now, as the president seems to intend?

RUMSFELD: If you are going to put more people into a combat environment, you better have a good military objective. You ought to have something that you believe is military in nature, that can be accomplished. Otherwise you are putting people into a risky situation, where they are just more targets for the enemy to shoot at. And if you don’t have an understood military objective, I can’t see that there is much purpose in doing it.

ME: Securing Baghdad seems a military objective, but Rumsfeld never considered it one, at least not one “that can be accomplished.”