posted on Jun, 27 2005 @ 06:17 PM
No talks have been held yet with Iraqi insurgents according to US Commander Gen. George Casey, which contradicts comments by Defence Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld on Sunday. According to Casey the US wants to engage in talks with Sunni leaders first who claim they have leverage over the insurgency!
"We may start moving there, but the first thing we want to do is meet with Sunni leaders. And a lot of these folks claim they have leverage over the
insurgents that we've yet to see realized, frankly," Casey said.
"Our leaders, down to the divisional and even brigade level, routinely meet with local and tribal leaders. We also continue to meet at the national
level with senior Sunni leaders," Casey, standing alongside Rumsfeld, told Monday's Pentagon briefing.
"But, to characterize them as negotiations with insurgents about stopping the insurgency, we're not quite there yet," Casey added, saying they were
discussions primarily aimed at bringing these Sunni leaders, and the people they represent, into the political process.
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Why did Rumsfeld say that the US were talking to insurgents on Sunday, then stand alongside Casey on Monday whilst he said they werent?
He's just contradicting everything he said!