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Donald Rumsfeld: You Need To Be Invited

Reported by Deborah - September 6, 2005

Donald Rumsfeld gave Hannity an exclusive interview as part of Hannity's massive campaign to divert all blame from George Bush for the lack of Federal response in the Gulf for five days. Rumsfeld told Hannity that they were ready but "you need to be invited.". He added that the department can " fill requests" and they were "leaning so far forward that they were pre positioning things."

So Rumsfeld was saying that they would have been there right away if only they had been asked.

Rumsfeld then gave Hannity a list of all the troops and equipment now available to handle this disaster.Hannity piped in with his new line that he used today on his radio show that according to FEMA assistance shouldn't be expected for 72 to 96 hours.

Hannity asked Rumsfeld about the accusations that all our resources are in Iraq instead of stateside to help in these situations. Rumsfeld was adamant that that wasn't true saying, " Whoever raises that question, doesn't understand."

Later on, Geraldo was on talking to Colmes and Hannity about his horrible feelings on Friday night when he could no longer stand the human suffering and Federal assistance had not yet arrived. Geraldo contradicted Rumsfeld saying, " Half of our National Guard is in Iraq. I heard Rumsfeld..." Hannity quickly diverted him and ended the segment.

Hannity had that pinched look of repressed rage while Geraldo took hold of Hannity and Colmes by their arms raising them in a gesture of solidarity. This looked like it might have defused Hannity who began to get a tiny, begrudging smile on his face for Geraldo.

comment: Do Hannity and Rumsfeld really believe that the American people will accept that lame excuse about an invitation. If someone is dying in front of your face, you don't wait for an "invitation" to do CPR.

Last night Alan Colmes said it all, when he asked this question.
"Could the President have federalized the National Guard?"

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