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September 13, 2005

Tuesday Afternoon Quiz

As Ricky reported late last night, Iraq's President Jalal Talabani suggested that the U.S. withdraw 50,000 troops from Iraq by the end of this year.

Good, Christ. Iraq is suckhole of money and American lives. With
no end in sight. And with American support plummeting, and Congressional
elections looming, Bush is desperate to find a way to pull American troops
out of Iraq without looking like he's adhering to a time table or cutting
and running.

And the American puppet in Baghdad, who can't even leave the Green Zone
without helicopters clearing the road for him, suddenly, the same week
Bush's approval rating hits nearly rock bottom, says, "Americans can
remove 50,000 troops this year!"

Talabani claimed that there were 60,000 trained Iraqi troops and there would be up to 100,000 by the end of the year. Thus not so much of a need for Americans to be over there.

Ricky goes on to babble, as only Ricky can, about the fuzzy math in which there were "100,000" trained Iraqi troops during the presidential debates last year, and would be "200,000" by the end of 2005, and how Talabani's suggestion is at odds with the GOP party line of "no timetables". Go figure.

So today, in a surprise move, Talabani has flip-flopped and after his visit to the White House, doesn't think there should be any timetable.

What, exactly went on during those few precious hours in Washington that made Talabani do an about face? This is a quiz.

A. Bush threatened to bomb the fuck of out him
B. Jeff Gannon, Schutzstaffel Laureate of the White House flexed his muscle and winked at him
C. Made mention of unleashing a growling, frothing at the mouth Zel Miller and siccin' him on Mr. Talabani
D. Some of the more affective techniques (testicle shocking, Christina Aguilera music) used in Gitmo and Abu Ghraib were incorporated in gaining compliance
E. Something even more sinister. Please be specific.

Choose the best answer. And no cheating.