Rumsfeld on Iraq: "Over Time, We'll Get It Right"
I think the final stages of Alzheimer's have taken hold. More than ever, this man needs to be removed from office.
Spiegel: But why are you losing public support at home?
Rumsfeld: That's always been true with wars. Go back and look at history. My Lord, Harry Truman who did a wonderful job as president -- even you might admit that. He contributed to the post World War II world structure and he left office with 23 percent approval rating.
Spiegel: Popularity, in other words, is not a reliable indicator?
Rumsfeld: My Lord, if you get up in the morning in a leadership position and you start chasing popularity polls! The center of gravity in the war in Iraq is not in Iraq. We are not going to lose battles; we're not going to lose skirmishes. Look, the places being fought are your country's public (editor's note: Germany) and our country's public and you (editor's note: the media) are the people that are affecting that. Over time, we'll get it right.