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U.S. Has World's Respect?

U.S. Gaining World's Respect From Wars, Rumsfeld Asserts
Bushington, D.C.(Dominion of Cheney) - Donald Rumsfeld said that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are excellent examples of U.S. military prowess, which will make other countries think twice before they make "mischief" around the world.

In response to questions concerning the breakdowns of military equipment and the constant attacks on U.S. troops, Rumsfeld said this will not affect the Pentagon's ability to deal with the threat of terrorism elsewhere. "Our military commanders have assured me", said Rumsfeld, "that the U.S. military is capable of performing."

Rumsfeld admitted that there were concerns about stress on military forces and the breakdown of equipment, such as helicopters, tanks, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, etc. "The Pentagon has requested $12 billion for equip-ment repairs", said Rumsfeld, "from the fiscal emergency supplemental budget of 2005."

Rumsfeld also pointed out that there were positive results from the constant fighting in Iraq. "The war in Iraq has created "battle-hardened veterans" and their overthrow of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein has left no doubt", Rumsfeld said, "especially to our enemies, of American willingness to use force to stop the spread of terrorism."

Testifying before the House Armed Services Committee, Rumsfeld said that America has shown the world the capability of the U.S. military. "The world has seen America go into Afghanistan with 20,000 troops", said Rumsfeld, "and do what the Soviet Union could not do with 200,000 troops. That has to have a deterrent effect on people."

Asked about a possible military threat from China, Rumsfeld replied that there had been a major rethinking of U.S. military strategy. "Our plan would use our long-range weapons systems", said Rumsfeld, "with respect to China, and other circumstances that can change dramatically." Rumsfeld added that the U.S. recognizes the changes that are occuring in Asia, and what America could be facing in ten to twenty years, including today's threats.

When asked about the problem of roadside bombs, Rumsfeld, Via Gen. Myers said there is no solution to stop the bombing, which the military is working to defeat as quickly as Iraqi insurgents reinvent them. Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) said Congress has created a new license to allow Rumsfeld to waive U.S. laws to speed the production of jammers and other battlefield equipment.
part 14.Mar.2005 14:01

prion

Bush used up 1/3 of the smart bombs in inventory and could not even keep Iraqi TV stations from broadcasting. And the world (excluding the braindead) noticed. They also noticed how important it is for the US to controle the skys. And they have beefed up thier air defenses.

One thing else the world noticed is that Bush and his handlers are willing to kill hundreds of thousands of people for thier agenda.

typical right wing bullshit. 14.Mar.2005 15:41

this thing here

here's their delusion:

"look! they're afraid of our military! that means they respect us and like us! hey, war is a good thing!"

the nation that must use a gun to get what it wants may very well be feared, it may very well push other nations around, but it most certainly is NOT respected. in fact, i would say that it is probably disliked, mistrusted, and even hated.

it really is the height of delusional arrogance to claim that all the poor, almost always darker skinned skinned people around the world, who've seen yankees, g.i.'s and gringo's waving guns in their faces for the past 50 years, really liked that, and respected that kind treatment. the end result isn't respect and friendship, but rather "just you wait gringo/g.i., just you wait..."

What's It Called? 14.Mar.2005 21:29

billy ray

The CIA gave it it's name "Blowback" That is unintended consequences to your actions. Perpetual war is needed to keep the military-industrial complex in business. I was going to give up pessimism, but hey, what's the use?