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Friday, February 10, 2006

Scott Vs Helen, Round 1,627

Again, McClellan told yesterday's WH press gathering that he would "DISCOURAGE" them from suggesting that there was, uh, something weird about the timing of Bush's "TERROR" speech.

(Read the previous post.)

McClellan defended the speech by saying that...
The President has been having an ongoing discussion with the American people about the war on terrorism. This is the nation's highest priority. It's the President's top priority. It's about protecting the American people.

And we're always looking for ways to inform the American people about our efforts and provide them additional information.
Ha! They're always looking for ways to inform us...and provide us with additional info?!


Yes, Lord.

On that note, PLEASE READ the latest battle between the grand dame of the press corp, Helen Thomas, and Scott "My Scotty."

It's a doozy:
MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead, Helen. Come to you, Martha, next.

Q: You -- this is supposed to be a war on terrorism, and by his own admission, the President has said there's been -- there was no link between Iraq and terrorists. So why are we still in Iraq killing and being killed?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think the President talked about it earlier today. The stakes are high in Iraq. And he talked about where we are focused --

Q: -- why were they high --

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, Iraq is the central front in the war on terrorism. All you have to do is look at the letter that Zawahiri sent to Zarqawi. They recognize how high the stakes are. So do we. And we must continue to move forward on the plan we have for victory. That's why we're focused on --

Q: Why did you go into Iraq?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, the President is --

Q: There were no terrorists.

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm not trying to relitigate what we've -- the decisions that were already made.

Q: I am.

MR. McCLELLAN: We've already spelled out the reasons why we went in there, and it was Saddam's --

Q: -- given has turned out to be wrong.

MR. McCLELLAN: It was Saddam Hussein's choice to make. He continued to defy the international community. And the President made the decision after September 11th that we were not going to wait for threats to fully materialize. We were going to confront them before it was too late. And as he said again today --

Q: It was Iraq, and they weren't there.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think you ought to pay attention to what the President said in his remarks again today.

Q: I did.

MR. McCLELLAN: He talked about the importance of freedom overcoming terrorism and tyranny and the power of freedom to prevail. The Middle East is a dangerous region of the world. What we are trying to do --

Q: Why was Iraq attacked?

MR. McCLELLAN: What we are trying to do is help transform that troubled region of the world by providing a more hopeful future. That's what freedom does. Free societies are peaceful societies.

And a free Iraq will help inspire the rest of the Middle East, as well.

Go ahead, Martha.

He can't stand her, BTW.

More later...this morning.


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