Dana Peroxide Tries To Cover For The Warmongering Chimp
Q The President’s World War III comment yesterday has spawned a lot of reaction. Today Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman said it was warlike rhetoric that would — in his words — “jeopardize peace.” Was the President making an offhand remark there, or are these people reading too much into what he was saying?
MS. PERINO: What the President was doing was focusing the world on the consequences of Iran having a nuclear weapon.
What the President said yesterday wasn’t about what we would do. It was about them, it was about the Iranians and what they have said and what they have not done in terms of meeting their international obligations. So the President was focusing the world’s attentions on the negative consequences of Iran having a nuclear weapon, and that is why we are working through the U.N. Security Council to make sure that they meet their Chapter 7 obligations under the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Q So by raising World War III he wasn’t overstating the dangers?
MS. PERINO: The President was making a point that this is a country that has said that they want to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, and the President has long said — and I think no one would want the President of the United States — any President of the United States — to take any option off the table.
Dana’s Standard Response — Ignorance
Q Turkey’s justice minister says the President is basically being hypocritical by opposing Turkish military action in northern Iraq. He says the same justification the U.S. used to go after al Qaeda in Afghanistan is the justification that Turkey would use to go after the PKK in northern Iraq.
MS. PERINO: I haven’t seen the justice minister’s comments. What I can say is that we have Ambassador Crocker, our ambassador in Iraq, and our ambassador into Turkey, as well as General Petraeus working closely with the Turks to help solve the problem.
Dana Don’t Know! Who’da Thunk It?
Q And also, did you get a chance to see the comments from President Putin regarding U.S. efforts in Iraq? He said it was pointless to describe U.S. efforts —
MS. PERINO: I didn’t. I didn’t see them. I think that — and I’ll just decline to comment those directly.
Go Ask Dana, When She’s Ten Feet Tall
Q All right. Given the politically charged nature of this debate [regarding SCHIP], and the President’s obvious concern that his stand hasn’t been understood — as we saw yesterday in the news conference when he kept going back to it — what kind of a price do you think Republican House candidates are going to pay for their votes on this?
MS. PERINO: I actually think that — maybe I’m just — it’s like Alice that’s fallen down a rabbit hole, I see the world in a different way.
Democrats Are So Mean!
Q And would you like to respond to Congressman Stark’s statement on the House floor during the debate, when he said, “We don’t have the money to fund the war or the children, but you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President’s amusement”?
MS. PERINO: You know, I’m not going to respond to comments like that. I will say that it’s interesting to me to read the coverage of the President yesterday who came to this podium and said, I have dedicated three of my — a Cabinet member and two of my high-level advisors to go to Capitol Hill and negotiate and find common ground — and when you open up the paper today, the President is described as having lashed out and being angry and complaining bitterly. The President is none of those things. The President is extending a hand and reaching out. And I’m just not going to comment on comments like that.
Q What about drawing a comparison between domestic spending like that and the billions of dollars that he’s —
MS. PERINO: There’s no doubt that we’re — that the taxpayers — American taxpayers are spending a lot of money in order to help fund our troops in Iraq and protect our country from an unprecedented threat from al Qaeda. And the President doesn’t apologize for that.
Once Again, Dana Don’t Know!
Q Just one other follow-up? The argument you’ve been making about Democrats, you know, waiting, delaying for this vote, how is that any different than the amount of time the vote was delayed, alleged deal-making to get the Medicare prescription drug passed?
MS. PERINO: Thankfully, that’s one of the things I can say was before my time here.