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Rumsfeld ties Iraq situation to 9/11

Reported by Chrish - August 30, 2005

On Special report 8/30/05, during coverage of ongoing fighting in Iraq and efforts to produce a "final final" draft of their new constitution, video was shown of Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld speaking at a so-called town-hall meeting of soldiers at Fort Irwin in CA. He reiterated the administration's position of no negotiating with terrorists, saying "...and anyone who thinks you can sign an armistice, or a truce, or make a deal with violent extremists, the kind of people who attacked us on September 11th, is flat wrong. We can't. We have no choice."

Comment: He should know; he's already tried that once.

Mike Emanuel, parroting the administration for Fox, said that military commanders in Iraq expect the activity of the violent extremists to flare up as the election on the constitution, scheduled for October, approaches. Thousands of US military personnel will be heading to Iraq and thousands more will have their current tours extended, "to help secure the country."

Also reported in the segment was that US military air support will be needed in Iraq until the Iraqis themselves are able to defend their own airspace, "and that's going to take a while even after some future withdrawal of ground forces" said outgoing Air Force Chief of Staff General John P. Jumper.

Comment: Rather than using the terms "quagmire" and "fiasco" and "stuck" Fox prefers to paint the picture in Iraq in Bush-speak: resolve, staying the course, securing the country, etc. They are running out of excuses for being there and soon all but the most vapid viewers and Bush loyalists will see Operation Iraqi Lies for what it is.

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