Suskind: Rumsfeld declared that Iraq would ‘bend’ and ‘succumb’ to U.S. views.

Interviewed on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal this morning, Ron Suskind, author of a new book that reveals that the White House forged a letter concocting a fake link between Saddam Hussein and 9/11, criticized the administration’s pre-war arrogance. For example, Donald Rumsfeld once claimed that the U.S. could easily “bend” Iraq to think like the West:

SUSKIND: One of the quotes in the book which is picking up steam is Don Rumsfeld saying to folks, in meetings…saying essentially “we will bend,” he says, “Iraq to our reality. They will succumb to our view of how things should be.” That doesn’t happen. So we get into all manner of messes as we go forward.

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Suskind added that Condoleezza Rice also selectively ignored the reality on the ground. In summer 2003, just the insurgency was taking root in Iraq, Rice reportedly said, “I don’t want to hear the I-word,” or insurgency, in any meetings.

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