In One Eye

Thursday, June 23, 2005
 
Well, Rummy's testimony before the Senate Armed Sevices Committee went pretty much the way one would expect. The moronic Secretary of Defense continued his bob and weave while Republican senators continued the feel the heat.

Most surprising, however, was the testimony of
Army Gen. John Abizaid, who as head of Central Command is the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, declined to endorse Vice President Dick Cheney's assessment that Iraq's insurgency was in its "last throes."

Abizaid said insurgents' strength had not diminished and that more foreign fighters were coming into Iraq than six months ago. "There's a lot of work to be done against the insurgency," Abizaid said, adding: "I'm sure you'll forgive me from criticizing the vice president."
Those slapping sounds you heard came from the White House as several palms met several foreheads.

Certainly, Rummy would countenance no criticism. When Senator Kennedy described Iraq as a "quagmire with no end in sight," which any sane person can see that it is, Rummy gave his pitch.
"Well, that is quite a statement," Rumsfeld, flanked by top U.S. commanders, responded. "First let me say that there isn't a person at this table who agrees with you that we're in a quagmire and that there's no end in sight."

"... The fact is from the beginning of this we have recognized that this is a tough business, that it is difficult, that it is dangerous, and that it is not predictable," Rumsfeld added.
This from the same man who predicted in 2003 that the invasion of Iraq would last no more than six months.

Of course, for all of his protestations regarding the "no end in sight" business, Rummy was still steadfast in opposing
a deadline for withdrawing American troops ...

Rumsfeld testified: "It would throw a lifeline to terrorists, who in recent months have suffered significant losses in casualties, been denied havens, and suffered weakened popular support."
So while denying that there's no end in sight, our cretinous Secreatry of Defense refuses to indicate when the end might, in fact, occur.

This sure sounds like another way to say there's no end in sight to me.