Rumsfeld on Iraq: Can we get a little help around here?

class=img_thumbleft>A thousand spin cycles have passed since the Bush administration touted the lend-a-hand, can-do spirit of the coalition of the willing. Since the heady, happy days of the fall of Baghdad, the reconstruction of Iraq has stumbled.

What we have in Iraq, according to Donald Rumsfeld, is a failure for everyone to help out a little. So who isn't doing his fair share of the liberating?

The Iranians "It's notably unhelpful for the Iranians to be allowing weapons of those types to cross the border," --Donald Rumsfeld, Pentagon press conference, August 8, 2005

The Syrians "There's no question that insurgents are being paid and so are criminals being paid. That's a fact, and it's also true that a lot of people are coming through the border of Syria. That's notably unhelpful." --Donald Rumsfeld on Fox News Radio, June 21, 2005

Muqtada al Sadr "[Muqtada al Sadr] has been almost uniformly unhelpful, unconstructive and somewhat mercurial. You follow it. One day talking cooperation and then another day inciting riots." --Donald Rumsfeld on Fox News, August 10, 2004

The media of the middle east "I think that there is a focused, precise, directed campaign against the United States in the media in parts of the world. That is unhelpful to us, but we'll survive." --Donald Rumfeld at the International Institute for Strategic Studies' "Shangri-la Dialog," June 4, 2004

Al Jazeera "No one wants to get up in the morning and do something that's unwise or unhelpful, unless you've got that bias and you decide that's what you want to do for a living, and clearly that's what Al Jazeera is doing. There is just no question about it." --Donald Rumsfeld at a roundtable with journalists in Munich, February 6 2004

The U.S. Senate "I think that it is unfortunate when things become so polarized or so politicized, and you've heard some of that here today. It isn't helpful." --Donald Rumsfeld in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the war in Iraq, June 23, 2005

The Iraqi people "The Iraqi people have to decide where they stand, where they are….The overwhelming majority of them are committed to a free Iraq, to an Iraq that's governing itself. And standing on the sidelines during a period like this is certainly not something that is going to be to their credit. When the day ends and when we are successful, those who have been helpful have been helpful, and those who have not been helpful have not been helpful, and people have memories. Iraqis have memories." --Donald Rumsfeld, Department of Defense briefing, April 7, 2004

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