Azara Blog: Donald Rumsfeld is a natural born comedian

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Date published: 2005/04/12

The BBC says:

The US defence secretary has warned against political purges when a new Iraqi government takes power.

On a surprise visit to Iraq, Donald Rumsfeld said Baghdad must not allow goals of achieving democracy and defeating the insurgency to be blocked.

The US is worried that officers from the security forces who served under Saddam Hussein may be dismissed, the BBC's Baghdad correspondent says.
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"It's important that the new government be attentive to the competence of the people in the ministries and that they avoid unnecessary turbulence," Mr Rumsfeld told journalists on his pre-dawn flight into Baghdad.

This is the usual neo-colonial "do as we say and not as we do". No doubt the new Iraqi leaders had a good laugh. Perhaps they asked him whether if competence is what matters then why was he still in his job. And next time they are in Washington perhaps they should ask to speak with all the Democratic cabinet members and judges that Bush has appointed, or all the top civil servants that were retained from the Clinton administration.

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