Politics Denied in Rumsfeld's Iraq Visit; Trip Aimed at Bucking Up Morale, Aide Says

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Politics Denied in Rumsfeld's Iraq Visit; Trip Aimed at Bucking Up Morale, Aide Says


Byline: Rowan Scarborough, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The main purpose of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's Christmas Eve whirlwind trip through Iraq was to remind service members of support back home and of the tough mission ahead, and wasn't designed to buck up the secretary's political support in Washington, his top aide said yesterday.

Mr. Rumsfeld rode an Air Force C-17 cargo jet back to the United States for Christmas Day after visiting more than 1,000 troops at nearly every major base in Iraq and conferring with his top generals.

His critics in Washington accused him of going to Iraq to counter criticism from some lawmakers that he botched postwar strategy.

But Larry Di Rita, his chief spokesman, said the Christmas Eve trip was talked about since Mr. Rumsfeld's last visit in October and decided upon over Thanksgiving.

Asked if the trip helped his political standing in Washington, Mr. Di Rita said, "He is so focused on making sure that the forces and their families understand all we are doing, and he is a lot less anxious about what the armchair generals all around Washington have to say about it."

Mr. Rumsfeld's 140,000-plus troops in Iraq find themselves in a titanic struggle with a deadly cast of insurgents who strike at any time. Their most common weapon is the improvised explosive device hidden on the roadside or in a suicide driver's car.

But last Tuesday, a shadowy terrorist group, Ansar al-Sunnah Army, claimed responsibility for a new style of attack: A suicide bomber dressed in an Iraqi military uniform penetrated a crowded dining hall at Forward Operating Base Marez, near Mosul, detonated an explosives-stuffed vest and killed 18 Americans, including 14 service members.

The U.S. command is now reviewing all security measures, but Mr. Rumsfeld did not focus on that issue during his trip, Mr. Di Rita said. "The commanders themselves know how to handle security," he said.

Instead, Mr. Rumsfeld, in meeting with Gen. George Casey, the top commander in Iraq, talked about accelerating the training of Iraqis and how U. …

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