One of the many services I offer here at Craigorian Chant is the watching the Sunday Morning Political talk shows so you don't have to. Today was the day for our old friend Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He was on every show I saw today, putting the best face that he could on Iraq. Of course when pressed he coughted up stuff like this:
"Insurgences tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years," Rumsfeld said on "Fox News Sunday."
Rumsfeld defended Cheney's recent statement that the insurgents are in their "last throes," saying there are many ways to measure their strength.
"If you look up "last throes," it can mean a violent last throe," Rumsfeld said on ABC's "This Week." Violence may escalate, he said, because insurgents "have so much to lose between now and December." he said.
Almost there guys, just hang in there for 5 or 8 or 12 more years. If you look up throes, it tends to me something short. One small hole with this whole line of bull is this: Rummy talked on and on about how great the US military is. The best in the world. The best in the history of the world. I'm not arguing with that. Its just if we have the best army in the world and we are not beating the insurgency, how can we expect a new Iraqi Army, which is very much not the best, to do it?
More Sunday action here, here, and here.
Addition: Billmon has some very interesting stuff on how we are now "negotiating."