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"Except for the Killings"

5:07 PM, Nov 26, 2006 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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This (free sub. req'd) quote -- "Rumsfeld is being vilified for our fate in Iraq. He does not get enough credit for dragging the DOD, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century" -- from the former undersecretary of defense in yesterday's Miami Herald reminds me of what Marion Barry, then mayor of Washington D.C., told a national press club audience in 1989: "Except for the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country."

"Dragging … kicking and screaming" aside, Secretary Rumsfeld failed to adequately expand U.S. ground forces post 9/11 and deploy enough forces to post-invasion Iraq -- as some had called for over three years ago as the insurgency picked-up steam.