VIEW #1: The Insurgency Is Losing Strength
"The level of (insurgent) activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."
Vice President Dick Cheney, June 20 interview with CNN's Larry King
VIEW #2: The Insurgency's Strength Is Holding Steady
"In terms of the overall strength of the insurgency, I'd say it's about the same as it was (six months ago)."
Gen. John Abizaid, June 23 testimony before Congress
VIEW #3: The Insurgency's Strength Is a Mystery
NBC's Tim Russert: "... before you go, just one last thing you said and I just want to get your take on it now. October 16, 2003: 'Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than...the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?' What do you think now?
Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld: "Tough to know. I don't know the answer to the question. I didn't then and I don't know ..."
June 25 "Meet the Press" interview
Monday, June 27, 2005
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