Gaggle Bonus: Who Wrote Allawi’s Speech?

From Holden:

Little Scottie is slick, but not slick enough. In this exchange he’s backed into an off-hand admission that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad wrote Interim PM Allawi’s speech to congress. This makes sense, really, as embassy staff would have been best positioned to rehearse the GOP talking points with their apt pupil:

Q Speaking of the paper, The Washington Post does a line-by-line juxtaposition of the President’s comments on Iraq and Prime Minister Allawi’s comments on Iraq. Can you tell us, today, whether any U.S. officials had a hand in crafting either the —

MR. McCLELLAN: None that I know of.

Q None that you know of?

MR. McCLELLAN: Yes. No one — no one at the White House.

Q No one at the White House?

MR. McCLELLAN: Sorry?

Q No one at the White House?

MR. McCLELLAN: No.

Q The embassy in Baghdad —

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m sorry?

Q The embassy in Baghdad, was the speech run through the embassy in Baghdad?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t know. You can direct those questions to them. I mean, those were, obviously, Prime Minister Allawi’s words when he was talking about — and he talked about the progress that is being made, but he also talked about the ongoing security challenges.

Q You do note the similarities, though, line by line recitations that are almost word for word the same thing.

MR. McCLELLAN: I’m sorry, what’s your question?

Q The question is whether any U.S. officials had any —

MR. McCLELLAN: No, in fact, I have not — it wasn’t in the clips I received this morning — not seen that exact article. But, again, in Iraq, the President has been very clear about where things stand. We continue to make steady progress on the ground to help the Iraqi people build a nation that is self-governing and that has the capacity to defend itself from internal and external threats. And that’s what we’re working to help the Iraqi people achieve, so that our troops can then return home once we have put them on that path.