Monday, September 18, 2006

Flip Flop Rockin'

Posted by codemorse

From the White House:

Q Thank you, Mr. President. Mr. President, former Secretary of State Colin Powell says the world is beginning to doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism. If a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former Secretary of State feels this way, don't you think that Americans and the rest of the world are beginning to wonder whether you're following a flawed strategy?

THE PRESIDENT: If there's any comparison between the compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists, it's flawed logic. I simply can't accept that...

Well, that's a relief. Because accepting that would mean that you've totally misunderstood the question asked of you. Nevermind that Bush willfully misunderstands the question anyway. The reporter here is not asking about the comparison between the "compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists". He's asking about the specific strategy employed by our government. And he's asking it pretty damn clearly.

Q Mr. President, critics of your proposed bill on interrogation rules say there's another important test -- these critics include John McCain, who you've mentioned several times this morning -- and that test is this: If a CIA officer, paramilitary or special operations soldier from the United States were captured in Iran or North Korea, and they were roughed up, and those governments said, well, they were interrogated in accordance with our interpretation of the Geneva Conventions, and then they were put on trial and they were convicted based on secret evidence that they were not able to see, how would you react to that, as Commander-in-Chief?

THE PRESIDENT: David, my reaction is, is that if the nations such as those you named, adopted the standards within the Detainee Detention Act, the world would be better. That's my reaction. We're trying to clarify law. We're trying to set high standards, not ambiguous standards....Now, perhaps some in Congress don't think the program is important. That's fine. I don't know if they do or don't. I think it's vital, and I have the obligation to make sure that our professionals who I would ask to go conduct interrogations to find out what might be happening or who might be coming to this country, I got to give them the tools they need. And that is clear law.

Q But sir, this is an important point, and I think it depends --

THE PRESIDENT: The point I just made is the most important point.

Q Okay.

You question the President's God-given authority at your own peril, mortal! Kneel before Zod! It is President Zod's duty to provide clear and unambiguous standards! Standards so clearly unambiguous that you must possess Presidential clearance to review those standards! Standards so unambiguously clear that you cannot know anything about those standards, less the clarity and unambiguity be compromised!

Q: Thank you, Mr. President. Earlier this week, you told a group of journalists that you thought the idea of sending special forces to Pakistan to hunt down bin Laden was a strategy that would not work…recently you’ve also described bin Laden as a sort of modern day Hitler or Mussolini. And I’m wondering why, if you can explain why you think it’s a bad idea to send more resources to hunt down bin Laden, wherever he is?

THE PRESIDENT: Pakistan is a sovereign nation. In order for us to send thousands of troops into a sovereign nation, we’ve got to be invited by the government of Pakistan.

Well, that makes a lot of sense. Diplomatically, it might seriously piss some people off to simply rush into a middle-eastern country while ignoring the wishes of other nations. Except, we just did that. And except this (courtesy of This Modern World):

BUSH: America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country.

CHENEY: The United States will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our country.

Never! Except when it decides it will.

Kerry was the "flip-flopper"?


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