"You ought to just back off, take a look at it, relax, understand that it's complicated, it's difficult. Honorable people are working on these things together."
He actually said that. “Relax.”
The Cunning Realist outlined, more than a year ago, fifteen points in which the Iraq war resembles the Vietnam war. Rumsfeld's recent exchange represents two of the fifteen:
# 7. Year after year, our political leaders cited "Vietnamization" as an open-ended goal. As the deaths started to mount, the American public was repeatedly assured that when South Vietnamese troops had been trained in sufficient numbers and were ready to fight on their own, our troops would come home.
#14. During Vietnam, our press became the enemy.
Relax, Mr. Rumsfeld. May I suggest a cozy little condo somewhere on the Carolina coast. Have fun with your time off. Too bad it hadn't come a six years ago.