"Q: Before the war in Iraq, you stated the case very eloquently and you said, I remember this it was done very well, you said they would welcome us with open arms.
"A: Never said that.
"Q: Never said that?
"A: Never did. You may remember it well, but you're thinking of somebody else. You can't find anywhere me saying anything like either one of those two things you just said I said. I may look like somebody else."
—Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in a Sept. 25, 2003 interview with Sinclair Broadcasting.
"Q: Do you expect the invasion, if it comes, to be welcomed by the majority of the civilian population of Iraq?
"A: There's obviously the Shia population in Iraq and the Kurdish population in Iraq have been treated very badly by Saddam Hussein's regime, they represent a large fraction of the total. There is no question but that they would be welcomed. Go back to Afghanistan, the people were in the streets playing music, cheering, flying kites, and doing all the things that the Taliban and the Al-Qaeda would not let them do."
—Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in a Feb. 20, 2003 interview with PBS's NewsHour.
(Thanks to Eric Rosenberg, Hearst Newspapers.)
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