So, while Pony Blow was begging Rush Limpbaugh’s beetle-browed listerners to “give the president’s plan a chance” the traveling press corps were faced with Gordon “I Wish To Remain Anonymous” Johndroe in today’s gaggle aboard Air Force One (Chimpy is flying to Ft. Benning, Georgia, in order to use the troops as a backdrop for another escalation speech).
The Bush Boy Checks In With His Boss
The President spoke a little while ago to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. They talked about the speech last night, the way forward in Iraq, Secretary Rice’s upcoming trip, and important regional issues.
Losing His Own Party
Q How concerned is the President about losing Republican support on the Hill? I think you had Coleman and, yesterday, Brownback, surprisingly, one of the conservatives, saying — Voinovich and others — how concerned — is there any concern around the White House about that?
MR. JOHNDROE: You know, we understand that people are going to be skeptical. We’ve said that —
Q But they’re opposed, not skeptical.
MR. JOHNDROE: We’ve said that ourselves.
On To The Next Defeat
Q One last question. There’s some concern about the operation in Iraq last night that involved some Iranian nationals, that this could be construed as an act of war, going on sovereign territory. Can you respond? What’s the President’s thought about that?
MR. JOHNDROE: I can’t — I’m not going to speak specifically to the Iranians and to that operation today. But the President made it clear last night that we will not tolerate outside interference in Iraq. And that’s what the Iranians are up to. And if we get information that is actionable that the Iranians are interfering with Iraq, with Iraqis, or in any way going to harm Americans that we’re going to take action.
Q Even if it means going on Iranian soil?
MR. JOHNDROE: No, Chairman Pace said this morning that these are actions that take place within Iraq, and much of this is about force protection of our troops there, and that takes place inside Iraq.
Your $5 Whore Question Of The Day
Q Gordon, Democrats were already complaining about the planning before it came out. But some of these same Democrats — like Reid, Pelosi, Biden, Kerry — had all called for an increase in troops over the last couple of years. What does the White House think about the tone of the debate so far, with Democrats disliking the plan even before it came out?