Rummy has an epiphany
This is priceless. Rummy had "an epiphany" - his words - over Thanksgiving turkey. He's finally figured out who the "enemy" in Iraq is.
"This is a group of people who don't merit the word `insurgency,' I think," Rumsfeld said Tuesday at a Pentagon press conference. "I think that you can have a legitimate insurgency in a country that has popular support and has a cohesiveness and has a legitimate gripe," he said. "These people don't have a legitimate gripe."Really. Those darned ingrates. Don't appreciate being liberated from a stable dictatorship and being gifted with a chaotic Islamic republic complete with factional genocide and enforced by an armed occupation of foreign forces. But it's hard to give up that ingrained terminology.
Even Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who stood beside Rumsfeld at the news conference, found it impossible to describe the fighting in Iraq without twice using the term `insurgent.'Is it me or does this remind you of the time they tried to rename/reframe the war on terror as Serial Attacks on Vengeful Extremists?
After the word slipped out the first time, Pace looked sheepishly at Rumsfeld and quipped apologetically, "I have to use the word `insurgent' because I can't think of a better word right now."
Without missing a beat, Rumsfeld replied with a wide grin: "Enemies of the legitimate Iraqi government. How's that?"