Scottie must be thinking, “Three more months”:
And with that, I’ll be glad to go to your questions. Go ahead, Helen.
Q The President said at the community college that the people who we’re fighting are cruel, have no conscience, and kill innocent people. And my question is, during our two wars in the last three years, have we killed any innocent people?
MR. McCLELLAN: The United States military goes to great lengths to make sure that we minimize any loss of innocent human life, and they go out of their way to make sure that that happens. This administration is strongly committed to making sure we do everything we can to minimize the loss of innocent human life.
Q I didn’t ask you that. I asked you if we have killed any innocent people.
MR. McCLELLAN: And I would point out that this — that the war in Iraq was one where we were able to target and remove a brutal regime from power while minimizing any collateral damage —
Q Did we kill any innocent people?
MR. McCLELLAN: — or loss of innocent human life. We certainly do not target innocent human civilians. And there are terrorists and others in Iraq, former regime elements who do target innocent civilians, innocent Iraqis. They are enemies of freedom and peace. What we have done —
Q Seventy thousand tons of bombs —
MR. McCLELLAN: — is liberated the Iraqi people and provided hope for innocent Iraqis.
Q How about the people who are dead?
MR. McCLELLAN: Go ahead.