Iraq on brink of civil war, U.S. general tells Senate - Toronto Star, Aug. 4, A12.
Rumsfeld responds to polls showing that Americans want troops to pull out of Iraq by saying: "Americans didn't cross oceans and settle a wilderness and build history's greatest democracy only to run away from a bunch of murderers and extremists."
Does he have any idea how much ridicule he could get for that? (Native Indian issues, democracy?, bunch of murderers?? - look at American complicity in Cambodia, East Timor, and everywhere else you doofus).
Regarding the slide into civil war, generals Peter Pace & John Abizaid say "The responsibility for avoiding civil war rests with the Iraqis themselves, not U.S. troops."
That's also quite nice. We'll give you a civil war, it's up to you to get out of it. Reminds one of the first Gulf War, when Bush the First begged various small rebel groups in Iraq to rise up against Saddam, and then abandoned them to get massacred by Saddam once the U.s. decided to end the war.
But I don't want Rumsfeld and American Republican politics to be the last thing I say on this Canadian long weekend. My girlfriend, sister and I are heading up north to my hometown tonight for the August long weekend. Here's where I'm from.
And I want to be nice and cite this photo of Bancroft, Ontario properly - taken by John Andrasz, and it can be found in the Canada Photo Gallery.