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Lugar Repudiates Rumsfeld: ‘We Cannot Relax’

By Payson Schwin  

"Lugar Repudiates Rumsfeld: ‘We Cannot Relax’"

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On Thursday, Donald Rumsfeld told critics of the administration’s Iraq policy that they should “just back off, take a look at it, relax” and “understand” the situation there is “complicated” and “difficult.”

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) took issue with Rumsfeld’s comments yesterday on CNN. “[W]e’ve got to keep our eye on the ball,” Lugar said. “It is urgent. We cannot relax.”

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[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2006/10/Lugar.320.240.flv]

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I would just say that the president and the Congress, however the election comes out, will have a lot to do with our leadership and who does what. But for the moment, it seems to me we’ve got to keep our eye on the ball. It is urgent. We cannot relax.

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