3,528. 4/22/2002

Regarding Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Donald “Rumsfeld…infuriated [Senator Joseph] Biden [D-DE] and other senators, and the Afghans, by saying [at a Department of Defense news briefing on April 22, 2002] that the warlords should share power with the government: ‘How ought security to evolve in that country depends on really two things; one is what the interim government decides they think ought to happen, [the other is] what the warlord forces in the country decide they think ought to happen, and the interaction between those two.’ ”

 – Ahmed Rashid, Descent Into Chaos, Pages 134-135

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