I try to avoid duplicating Atrios’ posts because I figure the folks who read this blog also frequent Eschaton. But the post Atrios has up quoting Pat Robertson saying that Bush told him we would have no casualties in Iraq omits a few other juicy quotes from the good reverend that I’ll repeat below:
“And I warned him about this war. I had deep misgivings about this war, deep misgivings. And I was trying to say, ‘Mr. President, you had better prepare the American people for casualties.’ ”
Robertson said the president then told him, “Oh, no, we’re not going to have any casualties.”
Robertson, the televangelist who sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1988, said he wishes Bush would admit to mistakes made.
“I mean, the Lord told me it was going to be A, a disaster, and B, messy,” Robertson said. “I warned him about casualties.”
More than 1,100 U.S. troops have died in Iraq and another 8,000 troops have been wounded in the ongoing campaign, with the casualty toll significantly increasing in the last six months as the insurgency there has deepened.
Asked why Bush has refused to admit to mistakes on Iraq, Robertson said, “I don’t know this politics game. You know, you can never say you were wrong because the opposition grabs onto it: ‘See, he admitted he screwed up.’ “
So devout Bush-backer Pat Robertson (a former GOP presidential hopeful who claims, “I don’t know this politics game.”) decribes Bush’s War on Iraq as:
a) “a disaster”
And the preznit was so:
c) all of the above
that he claimed there would be no US casualties.
As this article is from CNN’s web site, so I’m assuming his statements will get repetitive air time. Those of you reading from home keep an eye on CNN and let me know how they cover this.