Bring on the insurgents -- and call girls!

Four years after one memorable bad day for the president.

Published July 2, 2007 7:15PM (EDT)

Oh boy. If you're paying attention, you already know that today is the fourth anniversary of President Bush goading the Iraqi insurgents by saying "bring them on" at a pre-holiday press conference. Specifically, what he said was: "Anybody who wants to harm American troops will be found and brought to justice. There are some who feel like that if they attack us that we may decide to leave prematurely. They don't understand what they're talking about, if that's the case. Let me finish. There are some who feel like -- that the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring them on. We've got the force necessary to deal with the security situation."

Four years later, with more Americans dying, we know that was a coldblooded lie. In fact, we now know that four years ago, the administration was spending more time fighting to keep people from using the term "insurgency" than fighting insurgents. We also know that even Bush, famous for not admitting mistakes, counts his faux-macho "bring them on" moment as one of his only boo-boos.

But did you also know the press conference was held to announce the appointment of Randall Tobias as global AIDS coordinator? That's right, the same Randall Tobias who had to resign in April when he was named in the Deborah Jeane Palfrey "DC madam" prostitution scandal. Tobias, of course, still insists when he told Palfrey to "bring them on," as in call girls, he was only looking for a massage. You can't make this stuff up.

By Joan Walsh

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