It’s nice to see some signs of possible diplomacy. Better late than never:

“They [contacts] go on all the time,” he added. “Second, the Iraqis have a sovereign government. They will decide what their relationships with various elements of insurgents will be. We facilitate those [relationships] from time to time.”

But Mr. Rumsfeld said no negotiations are taking place with hardened terrorist elements belonging to al-Qaida or those, as he put it, “with blood on their hands.”

What’s that quote? “All diplomacy represents a failure of war.”?