According to Americablog, this CBS News article doesn’t capture the full colour of the exchange between Madam Speaker and the President. Pelosi, skeptical of Bush’s confidence of success thanks to the new “surge” of 21,500 troops, asked him why he thought it was going to work this time given that an escalation of force had failed twice before:
PELOSI: Mr. President, why do you think this time it’s going to work?
BUSH: Because I told them [the generals] it had to.
PELOSI: Why didn’t you tell them that the other two times?
A classic comeback, if the transcript is accurate.