Rumsfeld, addressing a question about whether US troops levels are adequate to vanquish the increasingly violent resistance, said, "We're not going to win against the insurgency. The Iraqi people are going to win against the insurgency. That insurgency could go on for any number of years. Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years.
"Coalition forces, foreign forces are not going to repress that insurgency," the Pentagon chief told "Fox News Sunday."...
...At the same time, Rumsfeld defended Vice President Dick Cheney's description of the insurgency as being in its "last throes." Rumsfeld said the US commander in the Middle East did not contradict Cheney when he told the Senate last week that the insurgency was as strong as it was six months ago.
"If you look up 'last throes,' it can mean a violent last throe," Rumsfeld said on ABC's This Week.
The insurgency led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi "may very well continue to or get more violent because they have so much to lose between now and December," he said.
Iraqis are supposed to vote in December on a government to be outlined in the constitution.
Did you see the new "magic" benchmark -- December 2005.
How many of us believe that the "Last Throe" will outlast Cheney?