Skip to comments.LIVE THREAD: Rumsfeld's Press brief from the Pentagon..live on C-span 1, 1:15 PM est
Posted on 11/15/2005 10:06:01 AM PST by ken5050
The Senate has head their fun today. Now we get to hear Rummy's take on events. Should be interesting..MSM will be in full cry..
Suited up, locked n loaded!
Well you have to ask the Senate Leadership why they thought they needed to vote on something we all ready are doing.
Wish he would say it, he will not.
has Rumsfeld mentioned this morning's STUNT?
I am at work. What's his point today?
WASHINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Tuesday joined President George W. Bush's counter-offensive against Iraq war critics, retracing what Rumsfeld called the "actual history" of U.S. involvement in Iraq.
Bush has twice in recent days ripped into Democrats who have accused the Republican president and other top administration officials, including Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney, of manipulating intelligence on weapons of mass destruction to justify the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
No such weapons were found and the Bush administration has been hounded by Democratic critics over its use of prewar intelligence as public support for the war wanes amid rising U.S. casualties.
Echoing Bush's stance that the administration was not alone in believing Iraq posed a threat, Rumsfeld quoted former President Bill Clinton and senior Clinton administration officials as warning in 1998 that then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein planned to use weapons of mass destruction.
In remarks prepared for delivery to a later news conference, the defense secretary quoted Clinton as saying in 1998 in an address that "other countries possess weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles."
"With Saddam, there is one big difference: he has used them ... the international community had little doubt then, and I have no doubt today, that left unchecked Saddam Hussein will use these terrible weapons again," Clinton added shortly after he ordered limited military action against Iraq in response to Baghdad's decision to expel U.N. weapons inspectors.
Bump - Thanks for the ping.
Rummy's on C-SPAN RADIO
not on Cspan 1 here but CNN is now playing part now - he just mentioned the Iraq Liberation Act which Pre BILL CLINTON signed & Congress approved - he's now quoting Al Gore - GO Rummy
Oh, C-span1 picked him up now.
Also on cspan 1 tv.
Rummy quoting "Burglar" and other Dems!
Woo-Hoo....namin' names and keeping score...! (Can't say it the other way..!)
You couldn't be more correct. Here is the next paragraph from the article excerpted above:
Democrats have responded to the administration's counter-attack by denying they saw the same intelligence as the administration before the war. They have accused the administration of trying to convince the U.S. public there was a link between Saddam and al Qaeda even though the intelligence community rejected that idea.
You can't say GW didn't give the Dems a chance to back off.
FOX just broke for Rummy with the comment -- :this should be good!"
Let's Roll! - Bring It On!
GW waited a bit too long but looks like the gloves are off now - how will the MSM spin this?
I wish people would quit using the "no such weapons were found" statement. Weapons, 53 of them including a sarin gas shell were found. The goal posts were then moved to "no stockpiles of WMDs were found or the WMDs that were found were pre 1991. Also the uranium, that we knew about and was under the control of the IEA (until Saddam kicked them out) was also secured.
Is it too much to ask to put the story in context?
Calling for a fast typer to post the Q & A as fast as possible. A new firewall and an additional "update" has shut down Cspan audio and video access for me.
Thanks in advance.
Rummy now taking questions
Rummy now taking questions
IMO Rummy is going to do much better than Scott Mc.
I could do better than Scott!
What was the deal with the Church Commission findings back in the 1970s? They looked into CIA assassination etc. activity and established the requirement for congressional oversight of intelligence activity, no? Didn't that establish the fact that the Senate and House were to have a separate-but-equal status with the Executive Branch in overseeing intelligence activity? If that's the case, then Congress can not now plead ignorance regarding Iraq intelligence. Anyone know how the Church Commission's work plays out here?
I'm not a fast typist but suffice it to say that Rummy is holding his own & name dropping RATS like crazy - it's a beautiful thing
LOL! A hundred times better.
Please post questions and responses......
Rummy just asked about Warner/Frist episode this morning & if this like VN - Rummy says NO
The problem is not winning the war, but persuading the people to let them win the war.....Churchill....quoted by Rummy
he ought to turn the Vietnam argument around on the Dems - if we simply cut and run, it will be like Vietnam - we'll lose.
Rummy is praising Lieberman now
Asking question about the bumbleheaded grandstanding move by Warner/Frist-Siganl growing impatience similiat to early '70's debates on Vietnam?
Rummy- wouldn't go down that road myself. War dangerous, heatbreaking thing. Churchill said problem isn't winning war, it's persuading people to let him win the war. Good quote. Free systems allow these open debates and discussions. Factual addition- DOF send dozens of updates, 7 required, ettc...updates on Iraqi security forces..many address what the amendment covers...every right to ask for reports, they send them. Hopes they read them! LOL
Leiberman said it seems to me one of these amendments would send message discouraging troops, confuse Iraqi people. Amendment by Dems defeated, Rummy's respoinse- GOOD. LOL
Rummy lots of confidence in people, confidence in Senate because they represent people, American people have good sense of gravity.
The rats won't be happy until they see the American people spitting on our soldiers...
question about retiring the USS Kennedy and Japan
Can we decom Teddy w/ JFK?
honest mistakes on intelligence - probably better intel than previous years - perfect? no Better? Yes Time will tell - we'll learn
Reporter-let down by intelligence?
Rummy- No intentional mistakes in intelligence, honest mistakes. Feel letdown somehting is inaccurate and imperfect? Would be letdown everyday if so. Tough job, better or worse in previous eras? His guess better than previous eras. More people and more money to improve.
Reporter- WMD not there?
Rummy- Time will tell. We'll learn. Ah-ha! Rummy doesn't accept that there were no WMD or he'd say so.