"If there were to be an area where the extremists focused during the
election period, and an election was not possible in that area at
that time, so be it. You have the rest of the election and you go
on. Life's not perfect. But in some places you couldn't because the
violence was too great. Well, so be it. Nothing's perfect in life,
so you have an election that's not quite perfect. Is it better than
not having an election? You bet," the defence secretary said.
Of course, he was ridiculed on Jon Stewart the other night.