How Did ‘NY Times’ Get Classified Rumsfeld Memo on War?

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By: E&P Staff

A classified memo leaked to The New York Times reveals that
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told the White House, just before he resigned last month, that the administration’s strategy in Iraq was not working — and he proposed changes, including possible troop reductions.

The newspaper reported this on its Web site on Saturday, and posted the entire memo.

“In my view it is time for a major adjustment,” Rumsfeld wrote on Nov. 6. “Clearly, what U.S. forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or fast enough.”

The memo’s authenticity was later confirmed by NBC News and the Pentagon. Reuters reports that the latter declined further comment.

The outgoing Pentagon chief outlined several options in the memo, including reductions in U.S. forces and bases in Iraq, but he endorsed no specific recommendations.


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