Embarrassing Attack by Congressmen on Two Generals Reporting on Security Threat at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Greta Van Susteren
On The Record

This is a rush transcript from “On the Record,” October 17, 2011. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Two U.S. generals under attack not by Al Qaeda but by members of Congress. The generals are hired to assess the danger at the U.S.-Mexico border. They were called to Congress to report their findings. Two Texas congressman apparently didn’t like the generals’ assessment of the scene down at the border, so the congressmen went to their Plan B and attacked the generals.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I looked at your report. All I found was anecdotal evidence. I think if I would have done my dissertation or my report, I would have got an F. Don’t you think anybody that would render this as a Ph.D. would have gotten an F in the report?

RET. GEN. BOB SCALES: Not only have I done Ph.D., I’ve done six books and about 300 scholarly articles. So I know a little bit about how to write. No, that’s not how we did it.

REP. HENRY CUELLAR, D-TEXAS: Wait, Washington, D.C. is at 23. We’re here in Washington. Wouldn’t you call Washington, D.C. a war zone? Just a “yes” or “no.”

RET. GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY: The questions are never answered with “yes” or “no.”

CUELLAR: I’m asking you just —

MCCAFFREY: I’m not going to answer a question with a “yes” or “no.” I think what we’re doing —

CUELLAR: OK, thank you.

MCCAFFREY: We are talking to each other…

The transcript continues at On The Record where there is also video of the exchange.

Updated 8:58 pm

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