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Original post made by A Boomer, Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 22, 2007

Press Conference, The White House, December 2007

Reporter: Mr. President, over the Thanksgiving weekend, the Pentagon reported that less than 2% of the people under detention by the military in Iraq are non-Iraqis. Specifically of the 25,000 detainees, fewer than 1000 are from other countries, and they are mainly from Saudi Arabia and Libya. Only a few Iranian nationals are included in the count.

President Shrub: Yes I have seen that report

Reporter: this information seems to suggest, sir, that the violence in Iraq is of a domestic nature, and it also would call into question if our military efforts there are having an impact on what you refer to as “The War on Terror.” With the insurgents almost entirely Iraqi nationals, not outsiders attempting to form terror cells such as Al Queda in Iraq, are we in fact dealing with a civil war among the Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish factions in Iraq? And how much impact are we having on the war on terror if most of our military resources are deployed to deal with the civil insurrection going on there? And does it suggest that any linkage between the situation in Iraq with Iranian influences is a relatively unimportant factor in the conflict there, and should not be viewed as a reason to consider military engagement with Iran?

President Shrub: those are good questions, tough questions. What happened to good will toward men, including the President, around the holiday season. Heh, heh, jest kiddin’.

First of all, Iraq is better off with Saddam Hussein gone. And General Paterus’ surge is working, Violence is down in Anbar province in recent weeks, back to 2006 levels. And if Congress wants to impose a timetable on bringing the troops home, I will veto it, and Congress will be held accountable for not supporting our troops, giving them what they need to get the job done.

Second, if we don’t take the fight to the terrorists, they will bring the fight here to America. That’s why we will continue to fight the war on terror in Iraq as long as I am President.

Third, Iran is part of the axis of evil. Some day, they might have nuclear capability. They have openly stated that. I have thought about the consequences of Iran having nuclear capability, and I don’t like what I see. I do like what I see if I choose to use the military option against Iran, because it will set back their nuclear program for several years. Look, I can only be patient for so long, we have been trying to figure out how to talk with the Iranians for a few months now, how much longer can this go on? Time’s a wastin’.

Reporter: Sir, respectfully, none of those responses address the specific questions that I asked you…

President Shrub: Hey, it was a 3 part question, and I remembered all 3 parts! Let’s move on, I want to give the rest of you a chance to ask me about how democracy is taking hold around the world, and how proud I am to have Pakistani President Musharraf as a friend I can look in the eye. His efforts to provide the Pakistani people with a democratic government, to have a nuclear program that is for peaceful purposes and is secure, and his vigilance in rooting out the Taliban and Al Queda terrorists that dwell along his country’s border with Afghanistan are among some of my proudest achievements during my time here in Washington

Press Secretary: Thank you Mr. President, may God bless America.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 22, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Same news conference, different reporter:

Mr. President, there are some who say that 1000 foreign fighters in Iraq are insignificant, but can't 1000 dedicated islamists disrupt a country?

President: Yep.

Mr. President, the neocons of your administration developed a strategy that trys to instill a democracy in the Arab world. If this happens, would this be a huge blow against Al Queda?

President: You betcha.

Mr. President, The surges appears to be working. Does this surprise you?

President: No.

Mr. President, European people, in large majorities, don't like you. Does that bother you?

President: No.

Mr. President, the President of Iran has publicly stated that he wants Israel to be wiped off the map. If he gets nuclear weapons, even a few of them, do you think he will use them against Israel?

President: Probably.

Mr. President, The Democrats want to set a timeline to remove our troops from Iraq. Does that make any sense?

President: No.

But Mr. President, can't you envision a situation where a timeline will contribute to peace? Many people think it would.

Presient: No. There is only one president. I am that person.

Mr. President, you are a man of few words. Would care to elaborate on your answers?

Preseident: What part of my answers did you not understand?

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 22, 2007 at 9:30 pm

One straw dog down. Well done, Gary.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of another community
on Nov 23, 2007 at 12:19 pm

Gee, Gary, I find it quite revealing that your version of a president seems like a Stalin than the elected leader answerable to all the people in this representative democracy of ours.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 23, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Actually, Peter, I just enjoy listening to leaders that get to the point. Bobby Kennedy used to do this, during his press conferences. It infuriated the press, but he got to the point with simple "yes" and "no" answers.

If a leader can answer long-winded questions with simple answers, it generally means that the leader understands the issue much better than the questioner.

It is clear to me that Bush understands Iraq much better than his critics do.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 23, 2007 at 12:50 pm

Stalin did not give press conferences.

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Posted by Hey, hey
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 25, 2007 at 8:16 pm

Guess what, Walter. Neither does Bush.

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Posted by Thanks, Gary
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 25, 2007 at 8:25 pm

Gary, you made my day!! What you wrote was GREAT.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Nov 26, 2007 at 4:17 am

Hey, hey, did you know that reporters were not allowed to directly quote FDR's responses to press conference questions? Did you know that if you hold your breath long enough you turn blue? Do you want to guess the consequences of refusing to acccept the expressed will of the people through the mechanism provided?

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