Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld declined to predict on Thursday when U.S. forces would completely leave Iraq, a decision President Bush has said would be up to a future U.S. president and a future Iraqi government. “I’ve avoided predicting the timing,” Rumsfeld told reporters at the Pentagon.
The Gulf War in the 1990s lasted five days on the ground. I can’t tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks, or five months, but it certainly isn’t going to last any longer than that. [11/14/02]
It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months. [2/7/03]