BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. airstrikes destroyed two foreign fighter safe houses west of Baghdad on Saturday night, killing five insurgents, two women and a child, the U.S. military said on Sunday. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/03122006/325/u-s-airstrikes-iraq-kill-8.html ______________________________________________________________ Rumsfeld urged scale-back of combat operations in Iraq before resigning WASHINGTON (AFP) - Two days before resigning, US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld recommended a significant scale-back of US combat operations in Iraq, arguing the US strategy in the violence-torn country needed "a major adjustment." The recommendation is contained in a classified memorandum the beleaguered defense secretary sent to the White House on the eve of the November 7 legislative elections, in which Republicans lost control of Congress to rival Democrats. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/03122006/323/rumsfeld-urged-scale-combat-operations-iraq-resigning.html ___________________________________________________________________________________ They lied their way into Iraq. Now they are trying to lie their way out Bush and Blair will blame anyone but themselves for the consequences of their disastrous war - even its victims ..... http://politics.guardian.co.uk/columnist/story/0,,1957918,00.html I dunno if that piece above has been posted before,but it seems to sum up what we & the joe public think.Some of comments posted by other readers are very critical of Bush & Blair.But why does nearly everyone compare Iraq to Vietnam?Could it be cause both the Vietcong & the 'Insurgents' in Iraq have the same ability to evade the troops searchi for them? Interesting quote from the article is that as of a few days ago,the US has spent longer in Iraq than in Europe in WWII.