CHESTER HAS MOVED!: New York Daily News: "Rummy rips Iraq rumors"

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

New York Daily News: "Rummy rips Iraq rumors"

Donald Rumsfeld can't deny incursions into Syria and then announce them later. There will be high dudgeon all around. So either there are none, as he says, or they will be completely covert.
Rumsfeld also dismissed a magazine report that the U.S. was training Iraqi commandos for raids into Syria against terrorist supporters blamed bythe U.S. for financing insurgents. "Somebody has been reading too many spy novels," Rumsfeld said, speaking at a Pentagon news conference with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov.
The Debka story is looking fishier by the moment.


Blogger Felix said...

I didn't think Rumsfeld ruled out incursions into Syria. The press kept pushing him on the Syria issue in particular, and he kept either responding to the hit squad rumor, or saying, "We're not training them for that." Strictly speaking, I supposed we are not training Americans or Iraqis to go into Syria per se. At one point, he even said something to the effect that he shouldn't comment on Syrian operations in particular.

So, I came away with the impression that Salvador-style hit squads are off the table (and for goodness' sake, who would they hit that our troops are not already going after?), but that Rumsfeld had been careful not to rule out an incursion into Syria. I don't think he boxed himself in at all.

January 13, 2005 at 7:05 AM  
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