Thursday, May 01, 2003

Garner sticks it in
This from a New York Times story on Donald Rumsfeld's tour of Iraq on Wednesday:

Mr. Rumsfeld got an upbeat report, however, from Jay Garner, a retired lieutenant general, his handpicked choice to lead the Pentagon's Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance.

Before his meeting, General Garner scolded reporters with Mr. Rumsfeld for dwelling on the shortcomings of the effort to restore civilian order and services to Iraq.

"Yeah, there are some demonstrations, but that's the first step in democracy," General Garner said. "You're allowed to demonstrate."

As reporters were leaving, he called them back to make one last point: "We ought to look in a mirror and get proud, and stick out our chests and suck in our bellies and say, `Damn, we're Americans!' "

Mr. Rumsfeld avoided such comments on his triumphal day.

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