In the October issue of GQ magazine, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declares Afghanistan a "big success" because "28 million people are free. They have their own president, they have their own parliament. Improved a lot on the streets" — never mind the record number of Taliban suicide bombings this year, more than 100 as of August. Meanwhile, Rumsfeld said a democratic and free Iraq will take "some time and some effort." But he doesn’t seem to recognize any failing in his leadership. "It requires diplomacy, it requires economic assistance, it requires a range of things that are well beyond the purview of the Department of Defense," he said. He also finds fault with the public perception of President Bush. He "is a lot more intelligent and curious than people give him credit for."
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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