Sorry I’m late. I fucked up one of my eyes and couldn’t use th ecomputer for a few days.
Anyway, Can Someone Please Tell Me HowDana Peroxide Is Qualified To Be Press Secretary? She Can’t Spin For Shit
Q Secretary Rice didn’t seem to come back with much progress from her trip. Does this set back the idea of a peace conference in November, move it to December?
MS. PERINO: Well, I took her — I’ve been reading the reports of her trip. She did have a — they were going to have breakfast with the President this morning, she and Secretary Gates, to talk about the trip. Steve Hadley is going to go to the Middle East region next week as well. We believe the time is right for there to a substantive and serious discussion about getting to a Palestinian state. I have not heard anything to suggest that we would not be holding a meeting. They’re all working towards it. We don’t have a date yet.
Dana Just Can’t Bring Herself To Say “Pervez”
Q Are you learning anything more about the explosions in Pakistan, and any concerns that the President has about what impact that might have with Benazir Bhutto being back —
MS. PERINO: Well, we continue to get the reports back. Obviously, it was a horrible tragedy, with over, I think, 136 people being murdered, innocent people that were there just to rally around someone that they support. We, obviously, will offer our support through the embassy. The President is concerned that overall — when you look at a moderate Islamic state like Pakistan, that any time they try to make moves towards stabilizing their democracy, that radical Islamic extremists do something in order to try to stop that progress, and that is a concern to the President not only in Pakistan, but in the entire region.
Q Dana, has the — have U.S. officials gotten any fix on what organization might have been behind this attack? And is there any suspicion that al Qaeda was the author?
MS. PERINO: I’m going to just decline to comment; there’s conflicting information coming in. Until there’s something concrete, I’ll decline.
Q Judging by the kind of attack it was, and the target, the location, I mean, is there any sense of —
MS. PERINO: I’m going to decline to comment as to who it was.
Hold Yourselves Tight People: Dana Don’t Know!
Q Dana, the President today certified Saudi Arabia as fully cooperating in the war on terrorism. Last month, the U.S. Treasury’s top official for cracking down on terrorism financing told ABC News that Saudi Arabia actually had done very, very little, if anything at all, to crack down on terrorist financing. Can you reconcile those two positions?
MS. PERINO: I don’t recall what the Treasury official said. What I know about this program is that the President has to waive restrictions against helping to promote programs like the Middle East Partnership Initiative and the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor — they fund programs in the Kingdom for democracy, so for governance, issues of helping women — women’s empowerment, education, reform programs. So what the President did today was say that we will continue to do that.
Q Thank you, Dana. Congressman Murtha says —
MS. PERINO: Congressman who?
Q Murtha, he says that we have fewer allies than before the Iraq war. Is that true, and does it matter?
MS. PERINO: I don’t know what he was referring to. I think that the United States has allies all around the world; we’re quite satisfied.