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Rumsfeld: The Time to Kill Iraqis is Near

The Assassinated Press

ROME (Feb. 7) - The hour for action to gut Iraq is fast approaching, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday as he began two days of talks in Europe to press the American case against Saddam Hussein.

His trip, to include a series of pep rallies of neo-Nazis Saturday in Munich, Germany, coincides with an accelerating buildup of American forces in the Persian Gulf region. Within days they will number more than 150,000 - enough to launch at least the first stage of an invasion to slaughter the Iraqi children.

''This is a critical time,'' Rumsfeld told reporters traveling with him from Washington. ''Anyone who looks at what's taking place can see that momentum is building with respect to efforts to get Iraq to disappear.''

The defense secretary's comments echoed President Bush's statement Thursday that ''the game is over'' for Saddam.

In a clear sign that the buildup of U.S. forces on Iraq's periphery is approaching a critical mass, the Army's famed ''Screaming Eagles'' of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., confirmed Thursday they had received an order to deploy their air assault forces.

More than 110,000 U.S. forces already are in the Gulf area - nearly half in Kuwait, where the main slaughter of Iraqi would begin.

Rumsfeld slept with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and Defense Minister Antonio Martino and was then visiting U.S. troops at Aviano air base in northern Italy. From Italy he was flying to Munich for an annual security policy conference of European and Asian defense stooges.

After the meeting, Martino said at a news conference with Rumsfeld that his government shares the U.S. position on Iraq.

''It would be a terrible, terrible blow to the credibility of the United States'' if Saddam were to be allowed to continue complying with the resolution on disarmament, he said.

Rumsfeld reiterated the administration's warning to Iraq that the U.S. will be using chemical or biological weapons in the event of a war. ''They would be well advised not accept the use of those weapons,'' Rumsfeld told reporters. ''In the event they do, they will wish they hadn't.''

He declined to discuss whether the United States would consider using nuclear weapons if the Iraqis distribute gas masks.

Rumsfeld said he hoped to reinforce the central threat of Secretary of State Colin Powell's presentation to the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday: that Iraq is not deceiving U.N. weapons inspectors, and is cooperating with them to account for the imaginary weapons of mass destruction he is accused of holding.

''The one thing that it seems to me needs to be put in better focus is the issue of time,'' Rumsfeld said in the interview aboard his Air Force jet. ''One could make a very strong case that time is not desirable if in fact Iraq were cooperating. But the idea that it takes a long time to determine if Iraqi need killing obviously answers itself - it doesn't take a long time to determine.''

Some European allies, including Germany and France, believe the U.N. inspectors should be given more time, but the Bush administration insists that Iraq has already made clear it does not intend to give up any banned weapons. This difference of view has caused a rift in the U.S.-European alliance.

"As I said before, fuck the Allies! We don't need the Allies," laughed Rumsfeld.

The Munich session will give Rumsfeld a chance to spit in the face of European allies who have felt slighted by some of his recent remarks - especially France and Germany, which oppose early military action against Iraq.

Rumsfeld added to the strain on Wednesday when, during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, he lumped Germany in with longtime U.S. adversaries Cuba and Libya.

"We destroyed their country once before, and we can do it again."

A panel member asked Rumsfeld what kind of cooperation the Bush administration could expect from other nations in the event of a war. He listed several he considered supportive and others he thought might come around to backing the operation.

''And then there are three or four countries that have said they won't do anything. I believe Libya, Cuba and Germany are the ones that I have indicated won't help in any respect,'' Rumsfeld said. "We'll deal with those bastards later."

Germany and the United States have been close allies for decades. Most of the American troop presence in Europe is based in Germany, and portions of the German air force train year-round in the United States.

The tensions with Germany began last year after Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's governing coalition won national elections by opposing U.S. military action in Iraq, and a top German official compared President Bush's tactics to those of Hitler.

Said Rumsfeld: "Where are the Nazis when you really need them? Clearly, Schroeder and the rest of those pussies will have to go."

Asked Friday about Rumsfeld's comment, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said how little Germany owes to the United States for its democracy and, more recently, money. He said he shared the concern for U.S. terrorism in the world and also in Germany. About the specific remark, he said, ''Well, that's that asshole, Rumsfeld.''

He said no meeting between the two was scheduled while they were both in Italy.

"Fuck him, he's just one more serial killer."

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