Thursday, March 09, 2006

Rumsfeld, Rice Say Iraq Not at Civil War

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My Way News: "Rumsfeld, Rice Say Iraq Not at Civil War

Mar 9, 11:53 AM (ET)


(AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol...
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Top members of the Bush administration urged Congress Thursday to quickly pass a $91 billion spending bill that includes money to continue the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that despite a surge in sectarian violence in Iraq, the process of creating a stable government is proceeding satisfactorily.
Rumsfeld was pressed to explain the U.S. military's plan to respond in the event that Iraq's sectarian violence grows into a full-fledged civil war.
'The plan is to prevent a civil war, and to the extent one were to occur, to have the - from a security standpoint - have the Iraqi security forces deal with it, to the extent they are able to,' Rumsfeld said.

(AP) An unidentified protester interrupts a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Capitol Hill,...
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Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., repeatedly pressed Rumsfeld to say what U.S. troops would do if civil war broke out, noting that in his own view the country 'only narrowly missed descending into all-out civil war' in recent days.
Rumsfeld said the key to avoiding civil war is for Iraq's political leaders to form a government of nationa"

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