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Reaction to Rumsfeld memo mixed

Reaction to a Pentagon memo highlighting Donald Rumsfeld’s concerns about the war on terrorism was mixed Wednesday. Supporters applauded the Defense secretary’s candor, and some Bush administration foes cited it as proof the war is floundering. The Oct. 16 memo, sent to four top Pentagon officials, offered an unusually candid assessment of the U.S. fight against global terrorism and raised a number of pointed questions about the government’s strategies. First reported by USA TODAY, the memo said the United States has no way to measure whether it is winning or losing the war, has not made “truly bold moves” to fight terrorists and is in for “a long, hard slog” in Iraq and Afghanistan. Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden, the senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said the Rumsfeld memo shows the administration is facing the prospect that its Iraq policy is not working. Full Story

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