Fact finding here is shamelessly stolen from the ever so lovely (and yes, I've seen pictures of her highness) Princess Sparkle Pony. The princess does all my heavy lifting where the current Secretary of State is concerned.
"Yes, I know we have made tactical errors, thousands of them," Secretary of State Rice said in answer to a question over whether lessons had been learnt since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.
And tactical error number 2,797? Um, I would be guessing, these pants?
Condi later explained her accounting system:
"First of all, I meant it figuratively, not literally. Let me let me be very clear about that. I wasn't sitting around counting," she replied.
Oh thank the good lord! Actually counting up the tactical errors made in Iraq could take for-e-ver! Just ask this guy:
"Ow! Numbers that high make my brain hurt!"
And besides, if you count and then don't like the numbers...
[The results of a 2003] RAND study was that any effective nation-building mission required a 1:50 ratio of peacekeepers to civilians. That was the size of the various Balkan peacekeeping forces. By that standard, between 450,000 and 500,000 U.S. troops would have been required in Iraq.
According to Trainor and Gordon, Bremer passed along a copy of the study to Rumsfeld, who promptly threw it in the garbage.
Way to go, Rummy! Blue Gal does that with her checkbook overdraft statements all the time!