Reaction to New York Times article this morning:
The article quotes Rumsfeld as saying:
"You cannot do everything instantaneously. It's untidy, And freedom's untidy. And free people are free to make mistakes and commit crimes and do bad things."
That is his response regarding American troops not preventing looting and pillaging? The US can spend at least 75 billion on this war, but cannot keep law and order. We can destroy civilization, but can't maintain civility?
And later in the article...
"The first thing you do is to try to end the war and to stop people from killing people, or stop people from blowing up trucks in people's faces and stop people from doing a whole series of things that are unhelpful."
Teach people not to kill by killing???
He then says:
"In every country, in my adult lifetime, that's had the wonderful opportunity to do that, to move from a repressed dictatorial regime to something that's freer, we've seen in that transition period there is untidiness."
"Transition to something that's freer." I guess this means that Iraq will now get something in between Sadaam Hussein and Mr. Bush. Hmmm...