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Rumsfeld send Pentagon planners back to drawing board over Iraq

Rumsfeld: Reportedly unhappy with military options against Iraq.
Rumsfeld: Reportedly unhappy with military options against Iraq.  

From Barbara Starr
CNN Pentagon Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is very unhappy with the various military plans and options that generals and admirals have presented him on how to deal with Iraq, sources told CNN Thursday.

Rumsfeld told the Pentagon to rework military options for Iraq, saying he wants to see a plan for lightning-quick attacks against Iraq and sources said he wants the plan to be developed quickly so he can brief President Bush in the next few weeks.

Sources say both Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney are becoming deeply involved in the planning progress. Sources said both men are leading the administration view that it is time to move against Iraq soon.

The United States is far away from making a decision on what to do because the planning will take some time.

The development comes as experts on Iraq continue testimony Thursday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Iraqi threat to the United States and possible U.S. responses, including a military attack on Iraq. The two-day hearing began Wednesday.




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