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October 20, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

NO CASUALTIES?....So did Pat Robertson really warn George Bush before the Iraq war that he should prepare the American people for casualties? Lis Riba digs up this transcript from CNN dated February 27, 2003:

Connie, I have, over the last year or so, been quite concerned about entering into this war. We should have gone in after him in the Gulf War I.

This thing is fraught with danger. And I think we need to understand that. I told the president that just recently, that we have got to prepare the American people for civilian casualties, for possibly our casualties, for gassing, for various chemical weapons against them.

So if Bush really did say "Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties," what was he referring to? It's not entirely clear from this transcript, but it sounds like Robertson was talking about chemical weapons being used against civilians in American cities, and if that's the case it was probably pretty reasonable for Bush to brush it off.

At least, that's my guess. Any other guesses?

Kevin Drum 8:45 PM Permalink | Trackbacks

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