Burning Bush

The President's Conservative Critics

Illustration by Bob Aul"The single most important change—the one thing that would have improved the situation—would have been having more troops in Iraq at the beginning and throughout. . . . Although I raised this issue a number of times with our government, I should have been even more insistent."

—Former Iraq overseer L. Paul Bremer III, speaking to a group of Depauw University students on Sept. 17. The comments received publicity after Bremer told a group of insurance companies at an Oct. 4 West Virginia convention, "We never had enough troops on the ground." White House spokesman Scott McClellan derided Bremer's comments by maintaining that Bremer "is not a military planner" and denied that Bremer ever complained to government officials about troop deployments to Iraq.