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Posted on 02/18/2005 8:33:16 PM PST by Democracy In Iraq
Gotcha! (Or Maybe Not)
Blogger Joe Fairbanks notes a hilarious exchange between Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D., Calif.) and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. As the latter testified Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee, the former tried but failed to catch him in a misstatement of fact:
Sanchez: Unfortunately, as I said, this committee has had a hard time assessing where we really stand with the Iraqi army as an effective fighting force. Over the past year, we've received incredibly widely fluctuating estimates of that. And I think you have a real credibility problem on this issue.Sometimes it seems as though Congress is run by a bunch of amateurs.
Rumsfeld: Fluctuations of what?
Sanchez: The fluctuations of--the numbers that you bandy around about how many troops we really have out there that are Iraqi police, et cetera, et cetera. . . .
Rusmfeld: Now, you say we bandy around numbers. They're not my numbers. I don't invent them. They come from Gen. Petraeus. . . .
Sanchez: I have Petraeus's numbers. They're different than your numbers, by the way.
Rumsfeld: Well, what's the date? They aren't different because these came from Petraeus. He may have two sets of numbers, but they are not different if the date's the same. The date on my paper here is Feb. 14. What's yours?
Sanchez: Dec. 20.
Rumsfeld: Not surprising there's a difference.
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Loretta "Dirty" Sanchez is no match for Donald Rumsfeld!
Look for "ditz" in the dictionary and they have a picture of Loretta Sanchez.
Heck, she's no match for a sack of tack hammers.
I saw this exchange on Fox News yesterday and it was a riot. Some of these congress critters don't how stupid they are. They ought to be made to look at themselves on TV to see how stupid they look.
Sanchez, isn't she a Mecha type?
Sanchez' staff must be as dumb as she sounds. Almost 2 months pass - it's a fluid, fast-moving situation - did anyone think "Duhh, maybe we better see if there are current numbers?"
Of course I know they're not just trying to make Republicans look bad...
Mecha? No, shes meat-tech. No machine is that stupid.
(yes, I know that's not what you meant...)
I listened to the exchange, Rep. Sanchez appeared to shrink when Rumsfeld cornered her. At least she got her mug on camera for a few seconds. To her, that makes it worth while. She should know better, Rumsfeld can hold his own with the best of the lot.
I am sure B1 would enjoy it and have a moment of shadenfrude (spelled correct?) at Sanchez's expense, she really is a dolt....
Loretta Sanchez is an inept nincompoop. Rummy must have felt like he was talking to a particularly petulant teenager.
I love SecDefRum too. Back in the beginning of the war on terror, when the media held him as some sort of sex symbol-- duh! I was wayyyyy ahead of them. GO RUMMY!
Rummy smacked Hillary's buns a good one, too....
(heard on Rush today)
HILLARY CLINTON: It strikes me a little odd that we would deploy a system that hasn't succeeded and expect that to serve a deterrent value. So I don't understand the sequencing of this.
DONALD RUMSFELD: I think the word "deploying" needs to be calibrated. What's being done here is not a pure test and not a pure deployment, but deploying the pieces of the capability that will evolve into an early missile defense capability, and the way to do that, according to the people
who are working on this -- and I agree and subscribe to the concept -- is to get it in the ground in a modest way, work the problems, keep testing, and as that capability evolves, you will begin to have the early stages of a missile defense capability. If you didn't do anything until you could do everything, you probably wouldn't do anything.
DONALD RUMSFELD: This is the way airplanes evolved. It's the way most -- it's certainly the way satellite systems evolved and it seems to me that they're proceeding on a measured, not a hell-bent-for-leather approach, but a measured approach to a complicated problem which, frankly, given what we read about Iran and what we read about North Korea, ought to be reassuring to us that we're doing what we're doing, and that we're at least on a track to have that capability in the period ahead, assuming we can continue to work out the kinks and the difficulties.
link for this whole (Rush) show segment:
Wonderful, his doesn't-back-down style makes me weak in the knees.
What a dunce. The stupidity we get from some Congress critters is amazing.
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