- Feb 4, 2005
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- Saint Paul, MN
- Political Leaning
From Karl Rove:
From the National Review:"Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."
But then again:A new pall of gloom has settled over the Iraq war. There is no doubt that the insurgency has increased its lethality in recent months, and that can’t be spun away. But neither is it cause for existential despair. [...] While applying military pressure, we will have to talk to the insurgency’s more reasonable fringes. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has confirmed that these kinds of conversations are taking place, prompting ritual denunciations from some conservatives for “negotiating with terrorists.”
More evidence of the talks:Gen. George Casey, the commander of the American forces in Iraq, denied holding talks with armed groups noting that this might happen soon. This, however, is in clear contradiction with the recognition made by the US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld of convening these talks and describing them as ongoing.
U.S. has met with Iraqi insurgents: RumsfeldThe talks between US officials and some resistance groups revealed in the past few days probably does not mean very much for the moment. The fanatical Islamic and militant former Baathists and nationalists who make up the cutting edge of insurgency are not in the mood to compromise. They are also very fragmented. But the talks may indicate a growing sense among US military and civilian officials that they cannot win this war.
Yes, but we are negotiating with people who are doing the carbombings which is still considered a terrorist activity. Who's soft on terrorism now?While suicide bombers continued their deadly attacks, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld confirmed reports that American military officials have met with insurgent leaders in Iraq.
Rumsfeld insisted, however, the talks didn't include negotiations with al Qaeda in Iraq, the terrorist group headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
"It isn't a matter of negotiating with terrorists. There's no one negotiating with Zarqawi or the people that are out chopping peoples' heads off," he said Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press.
Rumsfeld also warned it could take up to 12 years to defeat the insurgency.