Nobody seems to have been shocked too much by this quote from Rummy a week ago. In fact, I had to go hunt it down.
Rumsfeld downplays resistance in Iraq
The attacks are deliberate attempts to kill Americans, but they are not well coordinated by any central leader or group, Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon news conference Wednesday.
“You’ve got to remember that if Washington, D.C., were the size of Baghdad, we would be having something like 215 murders a month,” Rumsfeld said. “There’s going to be violence in a big city.”
About a dozen U.S. servicemen have been killed by hostile fire in Iraq since President Bush declared major combat over on May 1. American military commanders in Iraq say attacks on their forces happen daily, though one commander on Tuesday dismissed the fighting as “militarily insignificant.”
This is up there with his “riots and looting are the kooky mistakes of liberated “free” people” quote. Of course, if this had been the Clinton administration, they’d have been calling for resignations right then. This isn’t just casual murder, this is the beginnings of a quagmire. Plus: The loss of a son or daughter is not “insignificant,” no matter much you fly the “Mission Accomplished” banner, Rummy.