In the 'throes' of the Daily Show (video)
June 30, 2005
- Jon Stewart plays etymologist and looks up "throes" -- as in Dick Cheney's declaration that "we're in the last throes of the insurgency." Rumsfeld's assessment: "That insurgency could go on any number of years. Insurgencies tend to go on, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12 years." To which Stewart replies:
"We've only been in Iraq 2 years! You're telling me the final throes of the insurgency could go on 6 times longer than all the previous throes put together?"
- Asked whether "a robust insurgency" was on his list of "15 things that could go terribly, terribly wrong in Iraq," Rumsfeld paused and responded "I don't remember." Fortunately, Jon Stewart got a hold of that list:
- Iraqis hug soldiers too tightly
- Too many WMDs to count...