Today, at theGuest Palace, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Their Budget Moving
So I can’t remember the exact moment; I would say it was maybe 10 days ago or something like that, when we were getting word that their budget moving, the deBaath law was on its — it had gone through two readings I think before the holidays.
It’s Like A Meeting
I meet with Ryan Crocker and David — General Petraeus weekly, and it’s like a meeting.
About This Forward
I’m not going to predict, Steven Lee, about this forward.
Part of the Issues
And the definition of federalism, by the way, has yet to be clearly defined in Iraq — and that’s part of the issues they’re working through.
Why There’s High Price
What’s happened is, is that demand for energy has outstripped new supply. And that’s why there’s high price.
If the economy slows down, there will be less barrels of oil purchased.
I think what he really wanted to determine was how — when I said optimistic about a state being defined, why.
Saudi At Annapolis
And I thanked him, in front of the people assembled there, for sending his foreign minister to Annapolis, because the presence of Saudi at Annapolis inspired the Palestinians, as well as sent a message to the Israelis — Israeli population, for example.
No, I was making it clear it was an independent judgment, because what they basically came to the conclusion of, is that he’s trying — you know, this is a way to make sure that all options aren’t on the table.
There Is Going To Be Serious Consequences
And they better be careful of — and not be provocative and, you know, get out there and cause an incident, because there’s going to be serious consequences.
Called The USS Cole
We lost lives when one of those boats loaded with explosives attacked us — called the USS Cole.
Q You are? Are you in a good mood?
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, a great mood.
Q I do.
THE PRESIDENT: Dates put you in a good mood, right? I’m in a great mood.
Memorization Is A Bitch
And the danger with enrichment for civilian — so-called civilian purposes is, is that that technology can be transferred easily to another covert military program. Knowledge is transferable, and so what I’ve explained to our friends in the region is the best way to stop any potential weapons program is —
(Interruption to discussion.)
THE PRESIDENT: I’m not starting over. I’m not starting over.
Q That’s all right, you don’t have to.
THE PRESIDENT: Good, yes. Anyway — is to start a weapons program — to stop a weapons program is to stop their ability to enrich.
I’ve also explained to them our position is, is that if they verifiably suspend their program, there is a way forward for dialogue through the P3 process — what do you call — what do we call that? The group of five —
MS. PERINO: The P5-plus-1.
THE PRESIDENT: The P5-plus-1 process.