Reality check

Atrios is on the case:

On CNN TV just now:

[rough transcript]
Officials here again say that during the time frame Paul Bremer served in Iraq he was in constant contact with the Penatgon, with the White House, he visited here several times and spokesman for Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld says the Secretary doesn’t recall any point that Paul Bremer brought up with him at least the need for more troops. If it had come up, the Secretary would have paid a great deal of attention to that.

From July 1, 2003:

WASHINGTON – The top American administrator in Iraq, confronting growing anti-U.S. anger and guerrilla-style attacks, is asking for more American troops and dozens of U.S. officials to help speed up the restoration of order and public services.

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld was reviewing the request from L. Paul Bremer, U.S. officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Rumsfeld is a piece of work. It’s extraordinary that the people who get so upset about a network anchor getting punked by some fake memos seem nonplussed by a Secretary of Defense who just blatantly lies.

Or maybe he’s just losing it.