Brit and Don
In one of his final interviews as defense secretary, Donald H. Rumsfeld settled some old scores while talking with Fox News Channel anchor Brit Hume.
Asked about troop levels for the Iraqinvasion,Mr.Rumsfeldsaid,“The peoplewhoaresocertainthatitshould be more or less — you know, many of them have never even served in the military. [You] can’t have that kind of certaintybecausewedon’tevenknow what the exact number ought to be. The commanders don’t. There’s no rule book. There’s no guidebook. There’s no program that says when you get up in the morning, it’s this.”
He seemed to be addressing the handfulofretiredgeneralswhocalled for his resignation when he told Mr. Hume, “Now, there are people I’ve never worked with go off and pop off on one thing or another from time to time, and that’s understandable, peoplewhodidn’tgetpromotedorpeople whowereunhappyaboutsomething.”