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G.W. Bush Quote

Netlore Archive: 'When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt.'

Description: Email rumor
Circulating since: Sept. 2001
Status: True

Email example contributed by Janice, Sep. 19, 2001:

Subject: Bush Said

Hey Guys,

You probably heard President Bush when he said this on TV.. but in case you didn't. I thought it was hilarious. He said," I'm gonna be patient, about this thing, and not go firing a 2 million dollar missile at a 10 dollar tent just to hit a camel in the butt".

Analysis: True. According to Howard Fineman, writing in the September 24, 2001 issue of Newsweek, President George W. Bush did utter a statement closely resembling the above. The exact quote was this:

"When I take action, I'm not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It's going to be decisive."

He was speaking to a group of Senators in the Oval Office two days after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. "Winston Churchill might not have used those words, but he'd have loved the sentiment," said Newsweek of the Bush pronouncement.

I don't know about Churchill, but John Wayne would have loved it for sure.

Sources and further reading:

A President Finds His True Voice
Newsweek, 24 September 2001

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