Wild About Talking Points

From Holden:

The phrase of the day is “wild speculation”. First, Little Scottie via TPMmuckraker.

QUESTION: Is the U.S. going to attack Iran?

SCOTT McCLELLAN: Helen, we’re pursing a diplomatic solution by working with the international community. I assume you’re referring to some of the media reports. Some of the media reports I’ve seen, which are based on anonymous outside advisors and former officials, appear to me to be based on people that do not know the administration’s thinking. I think it is a lot of wild speculation. We are working with the international community, particularly the EU-3, to pursue a diplomatic solution to a serious and growing concern.

QUESTION: Does the President think that the American people would accept any kind of an attack on Iran?

SCOTT McCLELLAN: Now you’re engaging in the wild speculation I just talked about. Look, those who are seeking to draw broad conclusions based on normal military contingency planning are misinformed or not knowledgeable about the administration’s thinking. The international community is united in its concern about the regime obtaining a nuclear weapons capability, and that’s why we are working with the international community to prevent that from happening. And we are seeking to resolve this in a diplomatic way.


QUESTION: So you’re basically just not denying that there’s military planning relating to Iran?

SCOTT McCLELLAN: This is hyped up reporting based on anonymous sources and a lot of wild speculation.

And the Chimpster himself at Johns Hopkins this morning.

And by the way, I read the articles in the newspapers this weekend. It was just wild speculation, by the way. What you’re reading is wild speculation, which is — it’s kind of a — happens quite frequently here in the nation’s capital.