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Saturday, October 15, 2005

When "I'm sure" really means "may be"

Scott McClellan, White House Propaganda Secretary, is an arsehole. I’d articulate my criticisms of Scotty Too Fatty if I wasn’t so angry. This guy doesn’t answer simple questions, dances about the obvious and treats common sense and logic with contempt. Now he has sunk even lower by implying that reporter Helen Thomas is a terrorist sympathiser about she is against the invasion of Iraq. From the October 13, 2005 press conference:

THOMAS: “What does the President mean by "total victory" - that we will never leave Iraq until we have "total victory"? What does that mean?”

McCLELLAN: “Free and democratic Iraq in the heart of the Middle East, because a free and democratic Iraq in the heart of the Middle East will be a major blow to the ambitions-”

THOMAS: “-If they ask us to leave, then we'll leave?”

McCLELLAN: “I'm trying to respond. A free and democratic Iraq in the heart of the broader Middle East will be a major blow to the ambitions of al-Qaeda and their terrorist associates. They want to establish or impose their rule over the broader Middle East - we saw that in the Zawahiri letter that was released earlier this week by the intelligence community.”

You can just imagine Scotty practising his lines...

A free and democratic Iraq in the heart of the broader Middle East, a free and democratic Iraq in the heart of the broader Middle East, will be a major blow to the ambitions of al-Qaeda and their terrorist associates, will be a major blow to the ambitions of al-Qaeda and their terrorist associates, a free and democratic Iraq, heart of the broader Middle East, major blow to the ambitions of al-Qaeda. Looking good Scotty, you go get those press bastards. A free and democratic Iraq…

[Interesting note: While typing that up I slipped and wrote “A fear and democratic Iraq…]

THOMAS: “They also know we invaded Iraq.”

McCLELLAN: “Well, Helen, the President recognizes that we are engaged in a global war on terrorism. And when you're engaged in a war, it's not always pleasant, and it's certainly a last resort.”

Could that bastard get any more smug and patronising?

McCLELLAN: “But when you engage in a war, you take the fight to the enemy, you go on the offence. And that's exactly what we are doing. We are fighting them there so that we don't have to fight them here. September 11th taught us-”

THOMAS: “It has nothing to do with - Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.”

McCLELLAN: “Well, you have a very different view of the war on terrorism, and I'm sure you're opposed to the broader war on terrorism.”

Oh. My. God. And this guy still has his job? What a total scumbag, rotten, low-down, piece of trash. Then he treats us with his trademark, lies. And he’s lying about something he said only a few seconds before!

McCLELLAN: “Well, she certainly expressed her concerns about Afghanistan and Iraq and going into those two countries. I think I can go back and pull up her comments over the course of the past couple of years.”

MORAN: “And speak for her, which is odd.”

McCLELLAN: “No, I said she may be, because certainly if you look at her comments over the course of the past couple of years, she's expressed her concerns…”

No, you did not say may be, which means perhaps, possibly, but “I'm sure you're opposed to the broader war on terrorism” Sure - certain, in no doubt, definite, convinced.

And then...

McCLELLAN: “Just three years ago the Iraqi people were under a brutal, oppressive dictator. Ah, a dictator that killed thousands and thousands of people.”

THOMAS: "How many have we killed?"

McCLELLAN: “We’ve liberated 25 million both in Iraq and in Afghanistan."

THOMAS: "How many have we killed?"

McCLELLAN: "Yeah, Helen, I’m sorry Bob, I just can’t let this go. Our men and women in uniform go out of their way not to target innocent civilians."


Very long list of links to news reports about Iraqi civilian deaths at the hands of American soldiers, including:

March 28, 2004: US troops shoot dead a three-year-old boy

May 20, 2004: 40 dead after US helicopter opens fire on wedding party

June 19, 2004: US missiles kill 20 Falluja residents

September 9, 2004: US bombing kills at least 12 Falluja civilians

September 16, 2004: US helicopter fires into crowd, killing 13

October 2, 2004: US troops kill 100 in attack on town, US says dead were insurgents, but doctors report women, children and the elderly among the dead

November 14, 2004: AP Photographer tells of civillian deaths in Falluja

Marine: US Soldiers Routinely Killed Civilians, Including Woman and Children

McCLELLAN: "They go out of their way to target those who are enemies and to bring them to justice. They are making the world safer for our children and grandchildren.”

Chirac: "There's no doubt that there has been an increase in terrorism and one of the origins of that has been the situation in Iraq. I'm not at all sure that one can say that the world is safer."

Annan: World not safer after Iraq war

Musharraf: Iraq war has made world 'less safe'

CNN: More say Iraq has reduced U.S. safety

TIME: Why Iraq has made us less safe... By Daniel Benjamin

No, war in Iraq has not made the world a safer place By Philippe Sands

The Iraq war has made us neither safer nor freer By Jacob G. Hornberger

Can someone please beam this arsehole to another planet.

Scott McClellan Says Helen Thomas Opposes 'War on Terrorism'

Check out the video:
Crooks and Liars: Scotty's heated Press Conference

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