I’ll try to avoid Little Scottie’s pat answer for every question today (“Ooo, that John Kerry – he jumped to conclusions with out the facts!”), but it’s tough.
From To Russia, With Love?
Q Scott, can I ask you about The Washington Times story about Bill Gertz reporting that Russian special forces moved these weapons at al Qaqaa before the war began? Has Condi Rice spoken with her Russian counterpart? Is it true?
MR. McCLELLAN: I’m not aware of any contact Condi has had as of today [Of course not, she’s too busy campaigning to do any of that National Security stuff.]. No, I don’t know anything about that story, other than what you saw in the papers. I know that there is some new information that has come to light in the last couple of days. ABC News last night reported on some of that information about the actual amount of RDX that may have been present at the al Qaqaa site. And also the fact that they reported that the seals — that the ventilation flaps could have allowed the seals to continue to remain on there, even if the weapons had been removed prior to that time.
I think what —
Q Did the White House have any knowledge — or has confirmed that, in fact, Russian special forces moved the stuff —
MR. McCLELLAN: No. No, we don’t. I just don’t — I have no information that points in that direction.
Why does Rudy Giuliani hate America?
Q Can I ask you about Rudy Giuliani, as you know, was on the “Today Show” this morning, and he said, no matter how you try to blame it on the President, the actual responsibility for it, meaning the weapons that went missing, really would be for the troops that were there — did they search carefully enough — did they search carefully enough? Does the President support Rudy Giuliani placing this blame on the troops?
MR. McCLELLAN: He’s talking about how we don’t know the facts, we don’t know what happened to these explosives. We know that we have seized and destroyed more than 400,000 munitions from some 10,000 caches spread all throughout Iraq. But when you look at the regime and you look at the way they operate, it is a likely possibility that they were removed prior to our forces arriving there.