March 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:21 p.m. CST
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Blunt words from Defense Secretary Rumsfeld on
the third anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.
Rumsfeld says if Americans were to turn away from Iraq, it would
be ``the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the
Nazis.'' He also writes that ``it would be as great a disgrace as
if we had asked the liberated nations of Eastern Europe to return
to Soviet domination because it was too hard or too tough.''
Rumsfeld cites rising voter participation in Iraqi elections,
support for security forces shown by Sunni religious leaders and
rising competence of Iraqi troops as evidence of progress.
Says Rumsfeld: ``The terrorists seem to recognize that they are
losing in Iraq.''