“We can have this discussion in any way that you would like, but I really hope that you will refrain from impugning my integrity,” Rice told Boxer. “I really hope that you will not imply that I take the truth lightly.”
The exchange was the most pointed in a hearing that included disagreements between Rice and Democrats on the numbers of trained Iraqi troops — the linchpin of the U.S. exit strategy — and the numbers of U.S. troops sent to stabilize Iraq.
Rice said she believed there were more than 120,000 trained Iraqi forces — acknowledging problems of absenteeism and desertion — but drew a quick rebuke from Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, who said he thought the number was closer to 4,000.
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