We have the makings of a war within the administration now thanks to Condi:
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he did not know what Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was talking about when she said last week that the United States had made thousands of “tactical errors” in handling the war in Iraq, a statement she later said was meant figuratively.
Speaking during a radio interview on WDAY in Fargo, N.D., on Tuesday, Rumsfeld said calling changes in military tactics during the war “errors” reflects a lack of understanding of warfare. Rumsfeld defended his war plan for Iraq but added that such plans inevitably do not survive first contact with the enemy.
“Why? Because the enemy’s got a brain; the enemy watches what you do and then adjusts to that, so you have to constantly adjust and change your tactics, your techniques and your procedures,” Rumsfeld told interviewer Scott Hennen, according to a Defense Department transcript. “If someone says, well, that’s a tactical mistake, then I guess it’s a lack of understanding, at least my understanding, of what warfare is about.”
Rumsfeld’s questioning of Rice’s comment came amid long-standing tensions between their departments over the war in Iraq and other issues. Rumsfeld and the Pentagon have been criticized by members of Congress and even some retired generals for missteps in Iraq, such as failing to anticipate the insurgency.
Now if this gets too heated which side will Bush take. Will he side with Condi and possibly that be the end of Rumsfeld or is it the other way around? Speaking of this – where is the “unity” in the administration? Maybe Ken Mehlman should start a talking points attack of the White House for their lack of unity now.