Saturday, September 03, 2005

Rumsfeld response to Hareth Al-Dhari in previous post maybe

from Secretary Rumsfeld Media Availability Enroute to Fort Irwin:

Media: What are you going to do to make sure the Sunnis remain to feel involved in the political process. Is there a plan [inaudible]?

Rumsfeld: Well we and [inaudible] Department of State [inaudible] are obviously interested in seeing it be a success. I think it will end up being a success. As I said the other day in the press briefing, what you'll end up with eventually will be a piece of paper that will not be perfect. No one will like it completely. Everyone will be modestly dissatisfied. And yet people will end up accepting it as a compromise. And the Sunnis made a mistake when they didn't participate in the last election. I doubt if they'll keep making the same mistake over and over and over again. There are some Sunnis who stayed there and participated in the final aspects of it. Constitutions can always get amended. Ours has been amended. We were trying to reconstruct earlier, but our Constitution was drafted in 1787 and not ratified until 1788, and in some cases '89 even after Washington had already been inaugurated [inaudible], if I'm not mistaken. People disagree. Those are tough issues. And one ought not to be surprised that there's some disagreement [inaudible].

Media: Do you know [inaudible]? I understand everybody's not happy, but [inaudible] worried about [inaudible]? I assume it's Sunnis that you're worried about. What do you do to help them to convince them it's a bad idea to cause more trouble in the country?

Rumsfeld: The Iraqis are going to have an Iraqi solution. They're going to have an Iraqi constitution. They're going to find ways to live together. And the way they're going to find to live together is going to be other than having a repressive dictator kill them if they don't [inaudible]. And how will this sort out? Time will tell.

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