Quotes of the Day

Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 06:26 PM

I am totally frustrated, disappointed and heart broken. Just when I thought we were going to be able to resume a `normal' life and when I thought the nightmare was over, the nightmare was extended.
Jennifer Davis, wife of a member of the 172nd Stryker Brigade, addressing the decision to extend that unit's deployment in Iraq up to four months to increase the numbers of U.S. troops in Baghdad.

I'd love to be Santa Claus. I'm not......But I'm not going to get into the promises business. That isn't my style.
Donald Rumsfeld, in an in-flight interview en route to Fairbanks Alaska to meet with the families of the 172nd Brigade, responding to whether the families could count on the full 172nd Brigade returning from Iraq by Christmas, with other units replacing them even if the beefed up U.S. presence was still required.

These people are all volunteers. They all signed up. They all are there doing what they're doing because they want to do it. They're proud of what they do. They do it very, very well.
Rumsfeld, in the same in-flight interview, explaining why he saw no reason for the families to be angry with him.