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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-01-06 10:18 PM
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AP Rumsfeld reaches out to Democrats (He writes letter to top Dems)
I knew he had written an OP-ED but I sse now he is giving a 2 prong attach.

Rumsfeld reaches out to Democrats

By ANNE PLUMMER FLAHERTY, Associated Press Writer 2 hours, 9 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld reached out to Democrats late Friday, opening up the door for them to retract their stinging indictment of him as Pentagon chief.

In a letter to Congress's top Democrats, Rumsfeld said recent remarks he made during a speech in Salt Lake City were misrepresented by the media, including by the Associated Press. Rumsfeld said he was "concerned" by the reaction of Democrats, many of whom called for his resignation and said he was treading on dangerous territory.........

"I know you agree that with America under attack and U.S. troops in the field, our national debate on this should be constructive," Rumsfeld wrote Friday.

"Thought and careful preparation went into what I said," Rumsfeld wrote in the letter. "It is absolutely essential for us to look at lessons of history in this critical moment in the war on terror." I was honored by the reception my statements received from our veterans.......

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  - Text of Rumsfeld's speech:  rodeodance   Sep-01-06 10:21 PM   #1 
  - My letter to Rummy  Botany   Sep-01-06 10:25 PM   #2 
  - Duplicate  Moderator   Sep-01-06 10:26 PM   #3 
rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-01-06 10:21 PM
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1. Text of Rumsfeld's speech:

.......It's always been clear what Secretary Rumsfeld said," said Rebecca Kirszner, a spokeswoman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. "What's not clear is that he has a strategy in Iraq and to keep America safe. This letter doesn't change that."

Sen. Jack Reed (news, bio, voting record), D-R.I., also "stands by his earlier comments," said spokeswoman Regan Lachapelle. "No one has misread history more than Secretary Rumsfeld, especially when it comes to Iraq."

Senate Democrats were expected to meet Wednesday to discuss several issues, including whether they will try to force a vote of no confidence on Rumsfeld. Sen. Barbara Boxer (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif., has vowed to push legislation next week calling for Rumsfeld to resign.

"Nothing can change the fact that Secretary Rumsfeld insulted the patriotism of the American people, and he needs to be held accountable for it," Boxer said Friday.

Text of Rumsfeld's speech:
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-01-06 10:25 PM
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2. My letter to Rummy
Columbus, OH

Dear Mr Secretary,

Eat shit and die. You called me either a nazi or a nazi sympathizer for doing
what America is supposed to support, freedom of speech. So take your
tired ass to Iraq and look for the WMDs you said you know where they are
so it should not be a problem.

"We know where they are ..... they are around Tikrit and north, south, east
and west of it."

Happy hunting.
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