Skip to comments.Rumsfeld Says 'Wonderful' if Iraq Like Afghanistan
Posted on 08/09/2002 1:28:50 PM PDT by Hipixs
Fri Aug 9, 4:03 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Friday it would be "wonderful" and "fabulous" if Iraq turned out like Afghanistan where the ruling regime was toppled.
"Wouldn't it be a wonderful thing if Iraq were similar to Afghanistan?" Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon briefing.
"If a bad regime was thrown out, people were liberated, food could come in, borders could be opened, repression could stop, prisons could be opened," he said. "It would be fabulous."
There has been mounting speculation that the United States was planning to attack Iraq to oust President Saddam Hussein and accomplish its policy of seeking "regime change" in Baghdad. The United States says Iraq is a threat because it is developing biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.
Afghanistan was a "model" of what could happen if a country were "liberated," Rumsfeld said. "It is a breathtaking accomplishment."
The U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan started with bombing Taliban and al Qaeda targets last October, and succeeded in toppling the ruling Taliban.
The United States blames Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network, who were operating in Afghanistan as guests of the Taliban, for the Sept. 11 attacks on America that killed more than 3,000 people.
"Now, of course one worries about what will follow" in Iraq if the current regime was gone, Rumsfeld said.
"We worried about it in Afghanistan and we still are. We are still anxious to see that government put in place by the Afghan people find its sea legs and start getting some support from the rest of the world," he said.
That will take time and effort to accomplish and in the meantime "it's kind of untidy," Rumsfeld said.
"Well, my goodness, Democracy is untidy. Freedom is untidy. Liberation is untidy," he said.
"It's a very good thing that's happened in Afghanistan. And all of this Henny-Penny 'the sky is falling, and isn't it terrible?' is nonsense," Rumsfeld said.
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This is why America admires Donald Rumsfeld.
You hear that, Euroweenies?!?
I love the reporters confused looks at press conferences.
I have heard discussion that we may be able to jam Iraq's radar to the degree that they can't effectively launch missiles.
Nonetheless, Israel's small size and numerous enemies make one worry.
I would be interested to see what sort of hell Israel would unleash on Iraq if hit with potent nonconventional weapons.
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