Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Paging Tim Russert

Via Kevin Drum comes this little gem about our Dear Leader's assessment of troop strength in Afghanistan:
"We've got about 10,000 troops there, which is down from, obviously, major combat operations," he said. ....In fact, the 10,000 troops in Afghanistan represent the highest number of U.S. soldiers in the country since the war there began. By the time the Taliban government had been vanquished in December 2001, U.S. troops numbered fewer than 3,000 in Afghanistan. And three months later, in March 2002, when the last major battle against remnants of the Taliban and al Qaeda took place in eastern Afghanistan, about 5,000 U.S. troops were in the country.
As Kevin points out, Howard Dean was pilloried by the establishment press for being slightly off in his estimate of troop strength in Iraq and he isn't even President (yet). Liberal media my ass.

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