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    Public Speaking 101.  Make every effort to minimize the use of "Uh" and "Um".  It would instill a little more confidence in me as a tax paying citizen of the United States if the Commander of our forces in Iraq and the Ambassador to Iraq could speak publicly at a level that would be satisfactory for a 10th grade student in our schools.  In the sample I have collected, both men average approximately 20 "Uh"s or "Um"s per minute.  That is one every three seconds.  Their inability to speak in a coherent fashion in the worst case makes it difficult for me to believe that they are intelligent, and in the best case makes me believe that they are just making things up on the fly.  What an embarrassment.

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