"Interview" with Anthony Cordesman
GG: Hi, this is Glenn Greenwald calling. I just received your e-mail with your phone number. Is this a good time for you to speak?
AC: Go ahead.
GG: OK. I wanted to find out some information about how this recent trip was arranged.
AC: You know, I'm perfectly happy to deal with any issues of substance. But I am fed to the teeth with this, with how I compare with Ken and Mike's opinions. If you want to know my opinion on an issue of substance, I'm happy to give it to you. Beyond that, forget it.
GG: I wasn't asking you to compare your --
AC: Well, I told you what I was willing to cover.
GG: Can you tell me who picked the cities that you went to?
AC: (sigh). You know, this is precisely what I'm not interested in getting into. If you have a substantive question, fine. Otherwise, let's just stop.
GG: OK. I don't know what you mean by substantive, but I'll ask another question. Were the Iraqis you spoke with a representative sampling of Iraqi public opinion. Were they ones given to you by the U.S. military? How were they chosen?
AC: Oh, come on. I think we better stop. Do you realize how many people you'd have to talk to to get a representative sample of Iraqi public opinion?
GG: Well, how did they get chosen?
AC: All right, let's just quit now. I mean, if you had any mathematical training, you're talking something on the order of 2,700 people.
GG: Right, I think there's a difference between picking people --
AC: Let's just forget it, all right.
(Cordesman hangs up)