Quote of the day

From the Wall Street's Journal alerts:

U.S. soldiers grilled Rumsfeld about the lack of armor for their vehicles and long deployments, drawing a blunt response. "You go to war with the Army you have," the Pentagon chief said.

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I hope someone said, "No sir, we go to war with the army you give us."

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.