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Rumsfeld...[said] economics are a good indicator that the security situation in Iraq is not as dire as the civilian media often paint it. The Iraqi dinar has remained steady since it was implemented in 2003.

"Money is a coward," Rumsfeld said. "And if the situation there were as bad as we so often see in the newspapers it would be diving. - And it [the dinar] isn't." {plus, Saddam's ugly face in not on the bills}

[Iraqis must learn by experience]

...Rumsfeld likened the new Iraqi government taking the country's reins to learning to ride a bicycle – sometimes you just have to get on and start pedaling.

"They're ready to grab ahold and start riding that bicycle," Rumsfeld said in a July 1 interview. "It may wobble a little bit from time to time, but you can't learn to do it unless you get on it and climb up and go."

"The prime minister and the deputy prime minister are both enormously competent individuals," he said, adding that the president, vice presidents and ministers are all highly educated.

[Iraqis willing to fight]

Rumsfeld said that "people are lining up to join the security forces." Despite...more than 400 Iraqi security forces have been killed..., he said, "they're waiting in the queue."

Kathleen T. Rhem
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