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Friday, June 24, 2005

Rumsfeld Faces the Heat in Congress

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld got a good grilling yesterday during testimony to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. The grilling came from Democrats, most pointedly from Senators Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd. Kennedy blasted Rumsfeld on everything involving Iraq and even asked him if he didn't think it was time for him to resign. Rumsfeld was his usual self, defiant and smug, and stood his ground. But the exchange was another example of just how bitter the atmosphere is in Washington. Along with Rumsfeld were the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard Myers and Gen. John Abizaid. Abizaid also testified about the situation in Iraq. His testimony was at odds with vice-president Cheney's comments that the insurgency is in its last throes. Rumsfeld also countered GOP claims that we are losing the war and claims by Kennedy that there is no end in sight to the conflict. When asked to give a timetable for a withdrawal he refused to do so, contradicting himself about the no end in sight denial. At one point Rumsfeld got emotional but he quickly regained composure.
Rumsfeld Faces Questions on Troops in Iraq

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