Monday, December 05, 2005

Pleased to Meet Me

From AFP Story, 12/5/2005:

In a question and answer session with students and faculty, Rumsfeld acknowledged that the war has not gone as planned and that the insurgency was larger than expected.

"There is no question that there were people who believed they would be met as liberators, and indeed they were for a period, and still are in a number of parts of the country," he said.

From Donald Rumsfeld, Media Roundtable, 9/13/02:

"Think of the faces in Afghanistan when the people were liberated, when they moved out in the streets and they started singing and flying kites and women went to school and people were able to function and other countries were able to start interacting with them. That's what would happen in Iraq."

From AP Wire, 12/5/2005:

_ The U.S. military said a soldier assigned to Task Force Baghdad was killed when a patrol hit a roadside bomb on Sunday.
_ A French engineer was abducted by gunmen on his way to work in Baghdad.
_ British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw encouraged the kidnappers of four Western peace activists in Iraq to make contact.
_ Iraqi Vice President Ghazi al-Yawer said the training of Iraqi security forces has suffered a big "setback" in the last six months, with forces increasingly used to settle scores and make political gains.
_ Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari urged Tokyo to extend its humanitarian mission to Iraq, a day after stone-throwing demonstrators in the town of Rumaythah demanded its withdrawal.
_ An Iraqi election official was killed and his assistant wounded in Baqouba.
_ Small explosions reverberated through Baghdad, apparently from mortar rounds.
_ Protesters in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit began tearing down election posters during a demonstration of support for the former ruler.


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