|BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Saturday
staggered around the Iraqi capital mumbling to himself and appeared to
be in a confused daze.
When pressed repeatedly by reporters Rumsfeld finally said it was
up to Iraqis and not himself to control violence
unleashed since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
Earlier, Rumsfeld praised what he said was the "the wonderful
cakewalk start" to rebuilding Iraq when he addressed U.S. and
Polish soldiers among the ruins of the ancient city of Babylon, even
as guerrillas attacked his troops and angry protesters marched for jobs.
"Would you SOB's stop shooting at us until I'm through speaking.
Rumsfeld then went on to blame the Iraqi people for his own bad
planning and foolish pre-war optimism.
"Instead of pointing fingers at the security forces of the
coalition because there are acts of violence taking place against
Iraqi people in this country, it's important for you bastards in Iraq
to step up and take responsibility.
God Damn it."