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Friday, May 26, 2006

The genius of Donald Rumsfeld

From CNN:
Rumsfeld said that "history will decide" if the United States went into Iraq with the right troop level. But he defended the number of troops used, saying all the generals in the chain of command -- save one, then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki -- agreed with it.

"If you have too many troops, you run two risks," he said. "You're too heavy-footed, you're too intrusive, you feed the insurgency because you look like an occupying force. The second risk is you create a dependency -- you do all the work for the Iraqis instead of pushing them and having them do all the work.

"If you have too few, then the environment is such that the political process or the economy can't go forward."
Somehow, by his own reasoning, it would seem that Rummy managed to have both too few and too many troops in Iraq at the same time.

Of course, anyone with a lick of sense or any respect for international law knows that the proper number of US troops in Iraq should have been, and should be, zero. And there's one too few defense secretaries on trial for war crimes and treason right now.