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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Re: George vs. Helen

Posted by on March 21 at 12:14 PM

Courtesy of Talking Points Memo comes the exchange between Bush and Helen Thomas at this morning’s press conference:

THE PRESIDENT: Helen. After that brilliant performance at the Grid Iron, I am — (laughter.)

HELEN THOMAS: You’re going to be sorry. (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT: Well, then, let me take it back. (Laughter.)

HELEN THOMAS: I’d like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet — your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth — what was your real reason? You have said it wasn’t oil — quest for oil, it hasn’t been Israel, or anything else. What was it?

THE PRESIDENT: I think your premise — in all due respect to your question and to you as a lifelong journalist — is that — I didn’t want war. To assume I wanted war is just flat wrong, Helen, in all due respect —

HELEN THOMAS: Everything —

THE PRESIDENT: Hold on for a second, please.

HELEN THOMAS: — everything I’ve heard —

THE PRESIDENT: Excuse me, excuse me. No President wants war. Everything you may have heard is that, but it’s just simply not true. My attitude about the defense of this country changed on September the 11th. We — when we got attacked, I vowed then and there to use every asset at my disposal to protect the American people. Our foreign policy changed on that day, Helen. You know, we used to think we were secure because of oceans and previous diplomacy. But we realized on September the 11th, 2001, that killers could destroy innocent life. And I’m never going to forget it. And I’m never going to forget the vow I made to the American people that we will do everything in our power to protect our people.

Part of that meant to make sure that we didn’t allow people to provide safe haven to an enemy. And that’s why I went into Iraq — hold on for a second —

HELEN THOMAS: They didn’t do anything to you, or to our country.

THE PRESIDENT: Look — excuse me for a second, please. Excuse me for a second. They did. The Taliban provided safe haven for al Qaeda. That’s where al Qaeda trained —

HELEN THOMAS: I’m talking about Iraq —

THE PRESIDENT: Helen, excuse me. That’s where — Afghanistan provided safe haven for al Qaeda. That’s where they trained. That’s where they plotted. That’s where they planned the attacks that killed thousands of innocent Americans.

I also saw a threat in Iraq. I was hoping to solve this problem diplomatically. That’s why I went to the Security Council; that’s why it was important to pass 1441, which was unanimously passed. And the world said, disarm, disclose, or face serious consequences —

HELEN THOMAS: — go to war —

THE PRESIDENT: — and therefore, we worked with the world, we worked to make sure that Saddam Hussein heard the message of the world. And when he chose to deny inspectors, when he chose not to disclose, then I had the difficult decision to make to remove him. And we did, and the world is safer for it.

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A.) Helen Thomas has more balls than all of the Washington DC press corps combined.

B.) I can't believe Bush completely dodged the question and is still implying that Iraq had something to do with 9/11/01.


"A.) Helen Thomas has more balls than all of the Washington DC press corps combined."

Sad, pathetic, and utterly true. The complete docility of the press is bewildering. What the fuck? They can't all be being blackmailed. He's down, go ahead, kick him.

Headline in today's Seatimes:"Bush parries tough questions, defends war."

How about: "Bush dissembles, continues disinformation campaign."

Or better yet: "Chimpboy lies through his teeth again."

Shrub's last statement there is of course, complete and utter bullshite: after the UN resolution, Saddam allowed Hans Brix and the inspection teams back into Iraq. The only reason they left was because our Idiot-In-Chief was pounding his chest so hard in a rough approximation of an Alpha-male gorilla that they had to bug out before the bombs started falling.

Beat the shit out of him? She barely got a word in edgewise. The transcript looks like Dubya just talked right over her once he knew where she was going with her questioning.

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