Little Scottie sez republican lawmaker John Kerry is sending “mixed signals” on Iraq:
Q How do you respond to some Republican lawmakers, like Senator Hagel, who are starting to have some doubts about the direction of — the way things are going there?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, Prime Minister Allawi, as you’re aware, is coming to the United States.
It’s important that we complete the mission and it’s important that we don’t send mixed signals, because mixed signals are the wrong signals to send to our troops, to our allies, to the Iraqi people and to the enemy. We will defeat the enemy in Iraq.
Q Scott, are you saying, then, that we shouldn’t send mixed signals? Are you saying, then to Senators Lugar and Hagel they shouldn’t be saying what they’re saying in their criticism?
MR. MCCLELLAN: — Senator Kerry’s comments today and over the course of the last year or —
Q But what about the Republican criticism, itself, then?
MR. MCCLELLAN: — or two years. That’s what I was pointing to Prime Minister Allawi’s plan for building a democratic and peaceful Iraq. And we’re making significant progress on the five-point plan that the President outlined for success in Iraq.
Q Well, do you think that Hagel and Lugar are sending mixed signals, McCain, when they criticize the President, talk about incompetence?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think that was directed to some of the reconstruction money. And Secretary Powell directed a review of that reconstruction money so that we would make sure that those resources are being used in the most effective way and at the right time for the right projects. And that’s why he asked for some of those resources to be shifted to certain areas.
Q But does that come under your heading of “mixed signals”?
MR. McCLELLAN: Oh, I think Senator Kerry is the one who has sent mixed signals repeatedly over the course of his campaign.
Q So that’s “no,” then?