[Marxism] Rumsfeld proposed changing course

Philip Ferguson philip.ferguson at canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Dec 3 18:48:10 MST 2006

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 - Two days before he resigned as defense secretary,
Donald H. Rumsfeld submitted a classified memo to the White House that
acknowledged that the Bush administration's strategy in Iraq was not
working and called for a major course correction.

"In my view it is time for a major adjustment," wrote Mr. Rumsfeld, who
has been a symbol of a dogged stay-the-course policy. "Clearly, what
U.S. forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or
fast enough."

Nor did Mr. Rumsfeld seem confident that the administration would
readily develop an effective alternative. To limit the political fallout
from shifting course, he suggested the administration consider a
campaign to lower public expectations.

"Announce that whatever new approach the U.S. decides on, the U.S. is
doing so on a trial basis," he wrote. "This will give us the ability to
readjust and move to another course, if necessary, and therefore not
'lose.' "

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