Scott McClellan and The Last Throes

(via Kos, via Editor and Publisher)

This journalist asks the same question seven times and never gets a clear answer:

Q Scott, is the insurgency in Iraq in its ‘last throes’?

Q But the insurgency is in its last throes?

Q But they’re killing more Americans, they’re killing more Iraqis. That’s the last throes?

Q Right. What is the evidence that the insurgency is in its last throes?

Q What’s the evidence on the ground that it’s being extinguished?

Q Well, I’m just wondering what the metric is for measuring the defeat of the insurgency.

Q Yes. Is there any idea how long a ‘last throe’ lasts for?