Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

From Holden:

Dana Peroxide opens with a stunning announcement.

Tomorrow the President will kick off a series of several speeches on the global war on terror, that will go through his speech at the United Nations General Assembly meeting on September 19th.

Huh-the-what now? How many “several speeches on the global war on terror” has Chimpy embarked upon, and have any of them ever worked?

Looks like I was not the only one taken aback by Dana’s announcement.

Q What is different about this particular push than the previous three over the past year, and even before that, dating all the way back? He’s always highlighted the high stakes involved. He’s always highlighted the fact that there needs to be an ability to adapt to the enemy and fight in different ways. What is different about this one?

MS. PERINO: Our nation is heading into the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and it is important that the President be talking to the American public about this war that we didn’t start [I take it he won’t mention Iraq then.], but one that he is committed to winning, that means being on the offense against the terrorists.

But you asked me what is different, so we’re heading into this anniversary, it’s 9/11; these speeches will be — not so much retrospective in nature, although there will be some of that. There will be a sharp focus on the future, important to remember what has occurred, put that in context because that helps everyone understand the nature of the enemy. It’s a bookend of speeches between now and September 19th at UNGA. There’s opportunities to remind people about the threat that we face and how we’re going to overcome it.

Sounds like someone told Chimpy to can the happy talk.

Q The Journal had reported it, though, that there would be less focus on progress on the ground, so much as the greater struggle. Is this an attempt to avoid talking about progress on the ground?

MS. PERINO: I would not say that that was entirely the context for what these speeches are. It will not be speeches only about Iraq; it will be about the global war on terror, including a discussion about the institutional reforms that have been put in place and how those have helped to protect us, for example, the intelligence community reforms, the proliferation security initiative, the Patriot Act, the transformation of the FBI. And so it’s a comprehensive look. I don’t know if that report this morning was entirely in context.

Pay no attention to the crazy man in the five-sided building.

Q Dana, do you think the President will be as pointed as Secretary Rumsfeld was yesterday in pointing out what he believes the shortcomings of the critics are in terms of understanding this global war on terror?

MS. PERINO: I saw this morning that DoD released a statement saying that comments from his speech yesterday might have been mischaracterized by reports. I’ll let DoD and the reporters who covered that sort that out. But what Rumsfeld was talking about was clearly making the case that we remain vigilant in fighting the war on terror and confronting the threats to free societies. That is what the President will be talking about.

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