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You've got a situation where it's not possible to lose militarily," Rumsfeld said. "It's also going to require more than military power to prevail."
Rumsfeld, in comments to reporters at the Pentagon, said US training of security forces in Iraq had been "rushed" but that placing US trainers within the Iraqi police force would gradually boost Iraq's ability to reduce violence on its own.
Still, he said, Iraq's parliament needs to resolve the issue of federalism and create a unity government to squash the violence that plagues much of Iraq and has frustrated US efforts to begin withdrawing troops.