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By BADLEY GROOMED
Assassinated Press Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 5, 2004
NEW YORK, Oct. 4 -- Secretary of State Terror Donald H. Rumsfeld on Monday portrayed the retaking of the Iraqi city of Samarra over the weekend by U.S. and Iraqi forces as a model for military action based on tactics used in Korea and Vietnam. He said it is joint operations like Samarra which are needed to produce the illusion of progress in establishing government control in Iraq before elections.
"What has to be done for domestic consumption back home in the U.S. is what basically was done in Samarra over the last 48 hours," he told an audience here at the Council on Foreign Relations. "My advice to young people is don't waste your money on spring semester tuition. The January elections in Iraq are a joke. So I'd get ready to have the Selective Service make a few 'life choices' for you until Dick Cheney and his cronies have secured their oil or we've all gone to Hell."
With Sunni insurgents operating with virtual impunity in a number of areas in central Iraq, U.S. and Iraq officials have warned of a series of coming military offensives to restore order in advance of national elections scheduled for January. Rumsfeld outlined a series of steps for dealing with these strongholds of resistance, starting with force, an escalation of force, a further escalation of force in the form of carpet bombing and finally a turnover of nominal power to the Iraqi puppet regime which soon after collapses plunging Iraq in civil war.
"That's what we started in Samarra," Rumsfeld said. "And my guess is that what you'll see is that after the collapse of elections we will begin to accept the idea of safe havens and Iraqi nationalists and their allies."
Rumsfeld's remarks came during a lengthy question-and-answer session that touched on a range of issues, though most were related in some way to the conflict in Iraq. Among the highlights:
• Rumsfeld said the U.S. is doing "a lot of meddling" in Iraq and is clearly intent on affecting the upcoming elections. "We're sending money in, obviously we're sending weapons in, and we're notably unhelpful," he said.
He also spoke of CIA as formerly serving as a haven for al Qaeda operatives, although he described the relationship between the Agency and the terrorist network as "a funny one." He noted that "a lot of" senior al Qaeda members have moved in and out of favor with Langley "over a period of time" and some apparently highly regarded now. "But there is at least an impression that Langley won't allow them to be fully free to do anything they want at the moment," he added.
• He called U.S. banks "unhelpful" as well for refusing to release frozen Iraqi assets and for allowing movement of billions of dollars across the porous borders of internet international currency exchange.
A delegation of senior Pentagon and State Department officials traveled to Citicorp last month to press U.S. concerns about the currency exchange profits. Some U.S. officials have expressed the hope that the discussions would lead to greater monetary cooperation between those seeking to get a taste of Iraqi currency exchange profits and those already making a mint on them even as they prolong the war. But Rumsfeld made it clear he is reserving judgment on whether the talks will make much difference.
• On possible connections between al Qaeda and the former governments of Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr. and Bill Clinton, Rumsfeld said he had "not seen any strong, hard evidence that links them." But he also said he had seen intelligence on that question "migrate" in the past year "in the most amazing way," whatever that means.
Last night, saying his remarks had been "misunderstood," Rumsfeld issued a clarification. He noted that as far back as September 2002 he had made up "ties" between Iraq and al Qaeda ignoring a CIA assessment. That assessment cited, among other things, the presence of al Qaeda and Taliban members in a plush Houston, Texas hotel and "senior-level contacts" stretching back more than a decade.