Monday, June 20, 2005


I couldn't wait for Holden; I'm obsessed with the Gaggle.

Today's is a doozy. Me thinks the sleeping giant has awakened...

Q Hagel specifically said that the President is disconnected from reality on Iraq.

About those last throes?

Q In the news conference just now, the President was asked about the Vice President's assertion that the insurgency is in its final throes. He was asked if he agreed, and he didn't say anything about it. We went around on this last week, with you, and you didn't endorse that. Is it now the administration's view the Vice President went too far in saying that?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, let's talk -- I mean, I think you should look at the context of what the Vice President was saying.

Q It's not that -- just those two words --

MR. McCLELLAN: No, not at all.

Q -- are you still behind it?

MR. McCLELLAN: In fact, he was referring to how some Zarqawi lieutenants have been captured in Iraq. There's been great progress made in going after the al Qaeda network in Iraq. Just last week our military announced the capture of another top Zarqawi lieutenant, the head of operations in Mosul, a very dangerous individual who was responsible for a lot of death and destruction in Iraq. And so we're continuing to make progress against what is a determined enemy.

Q So is that the last throes? I mean, do you agree with what the Vice President said?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, let me tell you where things are. The terrorists and the regime elements are desperate. They are going to be defeated. They have no vision to offer. They have no alternative to offer, other than destruction and chaos and killing of innocent civilians. And they have shown that they are not able to stop the progress on the political front. The Iraqi people time and again have defied their desire to stop them from advancing on democracy.

Q I'm just asking if those two words -- so you're standing behind what the Vice President said?

MR. McCLELLAN: Hold on, and I'm talking -- and look at what the context of what the Vice President said, because you didn't point out everything that he said.

Go ahead.
Everything he said? Oh, yeah, that'd be Go Fuck Yourself.

The blame game continues...

MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead, Les.

Q Senator Hagel is quoted by U.S. News & World Report as saying, "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality. The reality is we're losing in Iraq."

And my first question: Would you deny that Al Jazeera loves such statements by Republican senators and Senator Durbin?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think I already addressed this comment in an earlier question.

Q Yes, I know but -- Senator John McCain, who is another Republican, said on network television: "Too often we've been told and the American people have been told that we're at a turning point, what the American people should have been told is that it's a long -- it's hard, it's tough."

And my question: Does the President suspect that Senator McCain is angling for another "he may run with a Democrat" national rumor, possibly with Joe Biden?

MR. McCLELLAN: I think Senator McCain has addressed those questions.

Snark Alert!
Q So is the enemy both determined and in its last throes, at the same time?

Festivus for the rest of us:
Q Scott, just for the record, following up on the bin Laden question, is the Bush doctrine -- you're either for us or against us -- still in effect?



At 3:38 PM, Blogger Jeff Huber said...

McClellan and Larry "Curly Joe" Dirita, Rumsfeld's mouthpiece, are a classic pair of career GOP butt sharks.

I can't tell you how much I despise the both of them.

Especially Curly Joe, whose "naval experience" was nothing more than a platform to climb his way up into party politics.

Hate them. Hate them. Hate them.



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