Today Richard Armitage rushed to put out the fires Don Rumsfeld lit yesterday:
The No. 2 official at the State Department said Friday that the elections planned for January in Iraq must be “open to all citizens,” contradicting Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld who suggested the day before that voting might not be possible in the more-violent areas.
“We’re going to have an election that is free and open and that has to be open to all citizens. It’s got to be our best effort to get it into troubled areas as well,” Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage told a House committee Friday, after being asked about Rumsfeld’s words.
Armitage told reporters after the hearing that: “We absolutely want to hold them in all parts of Iraq.” Asked if partial elections were under consideration, he said: “No. Not now. Not that I know of.”
These guys need to call a meeting or something. Here is Rummy’s testimony [audio, 33 sec.] before the Senate armed services committee yesterday.
Is Armitage accusing Rumsfeld of lying to congress?