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Thursday, July 10, 2003


Meet The Putz

posted by Trammell at Thursday, July 10, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This hillarious find from Billmon over at Whiskey Bar:

Meet the Press, June 22, 2003

Tim Russert: How many troops would you have in Iraq?

Howard Dean: More than we have now. My understanding is we have in the neighborhood of 135,000 troops ... For me to have to know right now ... how many troops are actively on duty in the United States military when that is actually a number that’s composed both of people on duty today and people who are National Guard people who are on duty today, it’s silly.

Russert: Oh, no, no, no. Not at all. Not if you want to be commander in chief.

Dean: So your perception—your position is that I need to know exactly how many people are on duty today in the active military forces...

Russert: Well, have a sense...

Meet the Press, June 8, 2003

Russert: If someone said to you, "Dr. Rice, we have 200,000 troops in Iraq. We haven't found the weapons of mass destruction. Saddam Hussein cannot be located. Chaos reigns. The radical Shiites are refusing to cooperate with the U.S. representative on the ground" -- was this a pyrrhic victory?

The Washington Post, June 8, 2003

There now are some 145,000 Americans and 12,000 coalition forces including British, Poles and others in Iraq.

Go sit in the corner, Tim.

There are some funny comments here as well. Thanks Billmon & DZ.


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