December 13, 2006

Rumsfeld, “I would’ve called it ‘a step on the road to defeating terror'”

Posted in political satire, Rumsfled at 11:01 pm by thewashingtonbeltsider

by Paula Berrer

In his farewell speech today, outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told reporters that one of his many regrets is the use of the designation “War on Terror,” in referring to US efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This term ‘war on terror.’ It’s sloppy syntyax, for one thing. And for another, it connotes a war on the par of one of the World Wars. When what I think we needed to call Iraq, well, I would’ve called it ‘a step on the road to defeating terror,’ because that’s what it is.

And that’s a far more hopeful term, ‘a step on the road.’ I was a big fan of those Bob Hope films, ‘The Road to Shanghai,’ and ‘The Road to Ipinema,’ and so forth. Those were hopeful pictures. And they never quite got there, and neither will we, because the journey is more important than the destination. So no, I would not have framed it that way, if I had to do it again. But then I did very little of the actual ‘naming,’ per se, this time around. I would certainly want to have input on those matters, if I had it all to do again.”

The Pentagon denied that “the Road to Defeating Terror” was considered as an alternative to “War on Terror” during the time of Rumsfeld’s tenure.rum292.jpg

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