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Aunt Helen in the Spotlight

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I know that Helen Thomas has been called the “crazy old aunt” of American politics, but one really has to wonder why she is even sent to the White House press briefings anymore. After all, when this is what she asks:

Q Why are we killing people in Iraq? There are many men, women and children being killed there. I mean, what is the reason we are there, killing people, continuing. It’s outrageous.

MR. McCLELLAN: The reason we are there is the same reason the international community is, is united in helping Iraq — the international community is united in helping Iraq move forward on a free and peaceful and democratic future. I think you can look to the recent commitments from the United Nations, from the European Union, from the recent meetings in Sharm el-Sheikh last week, there is a united front from the international community in working together to help the Iraqi people realize a free and peaceful future. There are terrorists and other Saddam loyalists who continue to seek to derail that transition to democracy, but they will —

Q They are fighting for their own country.

MR. McCLELLAN: — they will not prevail. And we are there to partner with the Iraqi people as they work to realize a better future, one that stands in stark contrast to the past of Saddam Hussein and his brutal regime.

To be sure, others will say it’s a valid question and perhaps it is. But isn’t the format a trifle tendentious? Does she really expect him to come agree with her premise and say, “yeah, we are killing an awful lot of people for no good reason.” One would be forgiven for thinking she just wants to get her complaint in the record, but one might also wonder of her editors (does she have editors?) are getting their money’s worth.

Meanwhile, some are speculating that the Iraqi elections will need to be postponed (Auntie Helen no doubt among them) but Amir Taheri explains why that would be a colossally bad idea.

Written by martinipundit

November 30, 2004 at 12:34 pm

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