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Rumsfeld may have Forgotten Anniversary

Sunday, March 19, 2006

(SNN Washington) Today marked the 3rd anniversary of the opening salvos of the Iraq War. While anxious Iraqis have been waiting for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to acknowledge the anniversary, Rumsfeld seems to have forgotten the event.

In a Washington Post column today, Rumsfeld argued that talk of civil war was an exaggeration, but leaving Iraq to the Iraqis now would be "the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis." However, Rumsfeld stressed that the terrorists "seem to recognize that they are losing in Iraq."

Former Prime Minister of Iraq Ayad Allawi is especially upset that Rumsfeld has not yet acknowledged the anniversary. Allawi warned that if Rumsfeld has forgotten the big day "sectarianism will spread throughout the region, and even Europe and the United States would not be spared all the violence that may occur as a result of sectarian problems in this region."

In addition, Allawi said that if Rumsfeld did not show up with at least flowers, he would be sleeping on the couch for a month. "When Donald was originally courting Iraq, he never forgot an important date. Now it seems like he's just going through the motions."

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