"Earlier in the year, [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld had said that the U.S. military would not intervene in a civil war, leaving that to Iraqi forces. 'May God damn you, sir,' responded the radical Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr [on May 14, 2006]. 'You said in the past that civil war would break out if you were to withdraw, and now you say that in case of civil war you won't interfere.' "
– Andrew Cockburn, Rumsfeld, 217
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