Ari Fleischer on Syria

April 18, 2003 2 Comments »

From White House press briefing the other day:

Q Why is the focus on Syria?

MR. FLEISCHER: Well, the focus is on Syria is because Syria is the nation that’s harboring Iraqis.

Q Do you have proof of that?

MR. FLEISCHER: Well, certainly, we would not have said it, Secretary Powell would not have said it, the President wouldn’t have said it.

Q Why don’t you present the proof, then?

MR. FLEISCHER: Well, as always, Helen, this is an old argument. We have information that comes into our hands for a variety of means. We prefer to keep getting that information. We feel confident —

Q Don’t think it will enhance your credibility if you showed us?

MR. FLEISCHER: I think our credibility is rather strong.

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  1. Ian H. April 18, 2003 at 4:02 pm -

    I think what we’re seeing here is the Western Press rendering themselves obsolete through presumption of their “right” to information.

  2. Jeremy April 18, 2003 at 5:24 pm -

    Ari is awesome – he has a very tough job, and he’s very, very good at it.