Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

Lurita Sleeps With The Fishes

Q Dana, why was Lurita Doan forced to resign now? She’s been a presence around here for a long time. Why was she fired now?

MS. PERINO: Well, I’m not going to comment on a — on the resignation. I will confirm, obviously, that she has resigned from GSA. While serving as the administrator she worked very hard to respond effectively during the times of emergency. She also worked to make sure that all of the numerous buildings in the federal government are as energy efficient as possible. And the President is grateful for her service and wishes her the best.

Q Okay. She says she was forced out. Is that true?

MS. PERINO: I’m not going to comment.


Q Okay, one more Lurita Doan. Did the President want her to stay? Would he have supported —

MS. PERINO: I’m not going to comment. She tendered her resignation and it was accepted.

Bravo, Helen

Q Me? How does the President intend to commemorate “Mission Accomplished” after five years of death and destruction?

MS. PERINO: What you’re referring to is the banner that ran — that was aboard the ship five years ago. President Bush —

Q I’m talking about the anniversary tomorrow.

MS. PERINO: Yes, I get — no, I understand. That’s the anniversary of when that banner flew on that ship. President Bush is well aware that the banner should have been much more specific and said “mission accomplished for these sailors who are on this ship on their mission.” And we have certainly paid a price for not being more specific on that banner. And I recognize that the media is going to play this up again tomorrow, as they do every single year.


Q Is every Iraqi a terrorist?

MS. PERINO: — and the Iranian-backed militias —

Q We’re fighting the Iraqis, we’re bombing their homes. What do you mean?

MS. PERINO: Helen, we are going after terrorists and al Qaeda and Iranian-backed Shia militia who are killing not only innocent Iraqis but our soldiers as well, and we’re doing so in —

Q We’re bombing homes with children —

MS. PERINO: — we are working very closely with the government of Iraq in order to take back these provinces. And I would point you to Basra and the battle on Basra, in which the initial reports was that it was an unmitigated failure. And actually if you look at it now, we were — the Iraqis, working with us, with our support, were able to take back that port and that town. And I think what that shows is that Prime Minister Maliki, once he decided to take on these criminal elements, brought together his government, and now they’re backing him and they’re working together, and now they want to start taking on other militias, such as in Sadr City.

But remember, Helen, when we are going after these terrorists and the ones who hide amongst innocent civilians —

Q We’re going after Iraqis who are fighting for their own country.

MS. PERINO: But they hide amongst innocent civilians, and that is where you get problems that we obviously regret and go out of our way to avoid.

Oh, But Dana — ItIs Against The Law

Q [O]ver the last six years the Pentagon conducted a secret operation designed to sell the war in Iraq and the war on terror to the American people. It recruited more than 75 ex-military officers, many with financial ties to the defense industry, provided them with talking points and an extraordinary degree of access not available to ordinary members of the press, including meetings with the Secretary of Defense, and it got them higher supposedly independent military analysts by every U.S. television network. One of its participants described it —

MS. PERINO: Do you have a question?

Q One of its participants described the program as “psyops on steroids” and others said that if they —

MS. PERINO: Is this your opinion?

Q I’m describing the program.

MS. PERINO: What’s your question?

Q Others said that if they departed from the Pentagon’s talking points, their access was cut off. And my question is, did the White House know about and approve of this operation?

MS. PERINO: Look, I didn’t know — look, I think that you guys should take a step back and look at this — look, DOD has made a decision, they’ve decided to stop this program. But I would say that one of the things that we try to do in the administration is get information out to a variety of people so that everybody else can call them and ask their opinion about something.

And I don’t think that that should be against the law.

3 thoughts on “Today On Holden’s Obsession With The Gaggle

  1. 2 comments:
    *) Pentagon conducted a secret operation designed to sell the war in Iraq …strong ties to defense industry…
    In short, what does Smith and Wesson think of gun control?
    *) call me paranoid. But it hits me that Dana specifically threw in how Lurita made the buildings energy efficient. What point was she trying to make. AND did Lolita do anything to make them so?

  2. Well, just because Dana doesn’t think providing propaganda to military should be against the law means it isn’t. Or is George letting Dana write the laws now too?

  3. Yee-gads!…against the law! Who gives a flying fuck if its against the law. The more important question is Why is the pentagon in the advertising business? “Do you have a question”…is this women that stupid not to understand the absurtity of the premise is the question?
    Why do people even go to these events…outside of Holden, of course. There is no real information ever issued. I say put the bastards out of business…just stop showing up.

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