Heckuva job

HECKUVA JOB…. Be sure to read Hilzoy’s overnight item on the unpublished federal history of the reconstruction of Iraq, but I just wanted to highlight one more gem from the NYT article.

The history records how Mr. Garner presented Mr. Rumsfeld with several rebuilding plans, including one that would include projects across Iraq.

“What do you think that’ll cost?” Mr. Rumsfeld asked of the more expansive plan.

“I think it’s going to cost billions of dollars,” Mr. Garner said.

“My friend,” Mr. Rumsfeld replied, “if you think we’re going to spend a billion dollars of our money over there, you are sadly mistaken.”

Oh, that Rummy. We’ll never see another one like him — if we’re all very lucky.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.