5,254. 7/20/2003

On July 20, 2003, Coalition Provisional Authority leader L. Paul “Bremer appeared on the television program Meet the Press, and host Tim Russert tried to pin him down on the troop-level issue [in Iraq]. ‘Have you asked Secretary of Defense [Donald] Rumsfeld for more American troops?’ Russert inquired. ‘No, I have not,’ Bremer replied. ‘I expressed–‘ ‘Do we need more?’ Russert pressed. ‘I do not believe we do,’ Bremer replied. ‘I think the military commanders are confident we have enough troops on the ground, and I accept that analysis.’ ”

 – Donald Rumsfeld, Known and Unknown, Page 662

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