Rumsfeld on Dems
DuringtherecentvisittoIraq,Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was asked how the Democratic takeover of Congress will affect the military. His response was that the country probably will survive.
“One wag one time said that politicsintheUnitedStatesisbasicallybetween the 40-yard lines; that we don’t ever really end up off the edge; and thatthedebatesarefierceandthearguments are fierce, and as I mentionedearlier,sometimesthey’reeven nasty,” he said Dec. 10 at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.
“But over time, successive administrationsofbothpoliticalpartieshave managed to basically see that our countrystayedonareasonablysteady course,andIthinkthatthatwillbeour experience in the coming period.”
Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough are Pentagon reporters. Mr. Gertz can be reached at 202/636-3274 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Scarborough can be reached at 202/636-3208 or by e-mail at email@example.com.