October 26, 2006

Pick A Number, Any Number...

Reproduced in full from Tim Dunlop's excellent blog, Road To Surfdom:
How many chemical weapons does Saddam have, Mr Bush?
U.S. intelligence indicates that Saddam Hussein had upwards of 30,000 munitions capable of delivering chemical agents.
How many Iraqi police are there in the streets in Iraq, Mr Bush?
Throughout Iraq, there are some 30,000 police patrolling the streets.
How many new businesses have started in Iraq, Mr Bush?
Since April 2003, 30,000 New Businesses Have Started In Iraq.
How many Iraqi teachers have you trained, Mr Bush?
In the space of two-and-a-half years, we have helped Iraqis conduct nearly 3,000 renovation projects at schools, train more than 30,000 teachers, distribute more than 8 million textbooks…
How much territory do Iraqi units patrol, Mr Bush?
Today, Iraqi units have primary responsibility for more than 30,000 square miles of Iraq…
How many Iraqis have been killed, Mr Bush?
How many Iraqi citizens have died in this war? I would say 30,000, more or less, have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis.
Did you still stand by that figure, Mr Bush?
Q — the 30,000, Mr. President? Do you stand by your figure, 30,000?

THE PRESIDENT: You know, I stand by the figure. A lot of innocent people have lost their life — 600,000, or whatever they guessed at, is just — it’s not credible. Thank you.
The stats and quotes above were extracted by Tim from this piece by Tom Engelhart.


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