Rummy Sez: We’re Losing The War

From Holden:

Oh my, looks like Don Rumsfeld went for candid when he should have tried gruff.

Asked during the briefing “are we winning” the war, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld did not directly respond.

“The United States and the coalition forces, in my personal view, will not be the thing that will defeat the insurgency,” Rumsfeld said.

“So, therefore, winning or losing is not the issue for ‘we,’ in my view, in the traditional, conventional context of using the word ‘winning’ and ‘losing’ in a war. The people that are going to defeat that insurgency are going to be the Iraqis.”

Rummy’s confused response sent Joint Chiefs of Staff chair Richard Myers into a sputtering attempt at damage control.

After Rumsfeld finished, Myers interjected, “I’m going to say this: I think we are winning, OK? I think we’re definitely winning. I think we’ve been winning for some time.”

But even Gen. Myers had to admit that U.S. forces have made absolutely no progress over the past year.

Iraq’s insurgency remains undiminished in its capabilities in the past year despite U.S.-led efforts to crush the rebels, the top American general said on Tuesday.

“I think their capacity stays about the same,” Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said of Iraq’s insurgents during a Pentagon briefing. “And where they are right now is where they were almost a year ago.”

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Myers said rebels are staging 50 or 60 attacks a day in Iraq after the number had dipped to about 40 daily. He said the number of daily attacks is about the same as a year ago.