Quote Of The Day: Rumsfeld Tells It Like It Is On Polls In Iraq

“I`ve read that polls may be down and are down in some instances. They do tend to go up and down depending on circumstances. And if every time a poll went down, somebody changed their policy or changed their position or tossed in the towel, we wouldn`t have a country today. There have been plenty of times polls have down in our history when people have persevered and been resolute and prevailed ultimately. And that`s what will happen in this instance.” — Donald Rumsfeld

*** Update #1 ***: More from Rummy:

Reporter: Do you feel embattled at this point in your tenure? In a recent column, Maureen Dowd quoted an unidentified administration official who described you as an “eccentric old uncle who’s ignored.” She claims that you don’t hold the same sway in meetings.

Rumsfeld: Did you get all that? You want to be on camera, right? That’s a sure way to get on the evening news. The answer to your question is no.

Reporter: Well, I’m asking about the facts reported in the column. Do you feel you hold the same sway in meetings?

Rumsfeld: I’m not going to comment on that.

(Pause)- Rumsfeld looks away for a moment, then…

Rumsfeld: If you believe everything you read in Maureen Dowd, you better get a life.

Give ’em Hell, Rumsfeld!

*** Update #2 ***: Dick Cheney is getting in on the act, too. Here’s a quote from Cheney just provided to me via email by the RNC…

“Issues of national security will clearly be at the top of the agenda as the midterm elections near. The leaders of the Democratic Party have stepped into the debate – not with a positive message, but with a slogan proclaiming that the administration is ‘dangerously incompetent.’ The President and I welcome the debate, because every voter in America needs to know how the leaders of the Democratic Party view the War on Terror. This is the crowd that objects to the Terrorist Surveillance Program. Their leader in the Senate, Harry Reid, boasted publicly of his efforts to kill the Patriot Act. Their nominee for President in the last election viewed terrorism as mainly a law enforcement issue, and recently said that American troops are, ‘terrorizing’ Iraqis. The chairman of the Democratic Party is Howard Dean, who said the capture of Saddam Hussein did not make America safer. And leading Democrats have demanded a sudden withdrawal from the battle against terrorists in Iraq – the very kind of retreat that Osama bin Laden has been predicting. And with that sorry record, the leaders of the Democratic Party have decided to run on the theme of competence. If they’re competent to fight this war, then I ought to be singing on American Idol.” — Dick Cheney

Ouch! I love it!

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