US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted that US officials have been talking with the “enemy”, the Iraqi insurgents.
In addition Rumsfeld also admitted that the Iraqi insurgency will last for a dozen years or so, and it WILL have to be the Iraqis, not the US, who have to fight them.
This basically signals the beginning of the end of the American military occupation of Iraq. Bush is facing enormous pressure in the USA to pull out from Iraq, especially so after the tragic death of several female US troops on Thursday night.
A target for the Democrat Party’s scorn has been the Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, for his mismanagement of the war. Senator Ted Kennedy lashed out at Rumsfeld’s gross errors and mistakes, rebuking him:
"You basically have mismanaged the war and created an impossible situation for military recruiters, and put our forces and our national security in danger. In baseball, it's three strikes, you're out. What is it for the Secretary of Defence?"
The moment the US feels it has set its puppets in place, it will leave. But the US may be surprised to find that those modern puppets may not be so pliant as previous puppets.
Whatever, the end for the Americans in Iraq is near. But will the new Iraq be one that will be better for the world?