FOX News Live anchor David Asman erroneously "correct[ed]" Newsweek investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff's accurate reference to Christian Coalition of America founder Reverend Pat Robertson's October 19 comment that President George W. Bush told him "we're not going to have any casualties" in Iraq.
On the October 21 edition of FOX News Live, Isikoff referred to Robertson's "striking" comment "that President Bush had assured him there wouldn't be any casualties, prior to the Iraq war." Asman quickly followed up, "I gotta correct you for a second, Michael; he didn't say there wouldn't be any casualties. Pat Robertson was saying there'd be a lot more than he expected there to be."
Here's what Robertson said on the October 19 edition of CNN's Paula Zahn Now:
ROBERTSON: I met with him [President George W. Bush] down in Nashville before the Gulf War [sic: the American-led Iraq war that began in March 2003] started. And he was the most self-assured man I ever met in my life.
You remember, [author and humorist] Mark Twain said, he looks like a contended Christian with four aces. He was just sitting there, like, I'm on top of the world, and I warned him about this war. I had deep misgivings about this war, deep misgivings. And I was trying to say, Mr. President, you better prepare the American people for casualties.
Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties. Well, I said, it's the way it's going to be. And so it was messy. The Lord told me it was going to be (a) a disaster and (b) messy. And before that, I had, deep in my spirit, I had deep misgivings about going into Iraq.