posted on Jul, 1 2004 @ 10:19 AM
You know I just went back a re-read the transcript of the nterview in question to see if perhaps you had a point and from my reading of it you dont. I
didnt see one instance of the president trying to evade a question what I did see was The President taking questions which were oversimplifications
and trying to awnser them n a proper context.
Q But, Mr. President, the world is a more dangerous place today. I don't know whether you can see that or not.
THE PRESIDENT: Why do you say that?
Q There are terrorist bombings every single day. It's now a daily event. It wasn't like that two years ago.
THE PRESIDENT: What was it like September the 11th, 2001? It was a -- there was a relative calm, we --
Me-All the President in my view was trying to do was to point out that the basic asssumption of her question, that the world wasn't like this two
years ago, was incorrect.
Q You're going to meet Bertie Ahern when you arrive in Shannon Airport tomorrow. I guess he went out on a limb for you, presumably because of the
great friendship between our two countries. Can you look him in the eye when you get there and say, it will be worth it, it will work out?
THE PRESIDENT: Absolutely. I wouldn't be doing this, I wouldn't have made the decisions I did if I didn't think the world would be better. Of
course. I'm not going to put people in harm's way, our young, if I didn't think the world would be better. And --
Q Why is it that others --
THE PRESIDENT: Let me finish.
And so, yes, I can turn to my friend, Bertie Ahern, and say, thank you, thanks for helping, and I appreciate it very much. And there will be other
challenges, by the way.
Here I can see no reason for the interuption, he was awnsering the question asked in as complete a manner as he could
Q Is that something that really should start, though, with the solving of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think, first of all, you've got a democracy in Turkey. And you've got a democracy emerging in Afghanistan. You've got a
democracy in Pakistan. In other words --
Q But shouldn't that be on the top of the list --
THE PRESIDENT: Please. Please. Please, for a minute, okay. It'll be better if you let me finish my answers, and then you can follow up, if you don't
What I'm telling you is democracy can emerge at the same time that a democracy can emerge in the Palestinian state. I'm the first American President
to have called for the establishment of a Palestinian state, the first one to do so. Because I believe it is in the Palestinian people's interest; I
believe it's in Israel's interest. And, yes, we're working. But we can do more than, you know, one thing at a time. And we are working on the road
map with the Quartet, to advance the process down the road.
Me- Now I'm sorry but if you remove the breakins by the reporter it looks to me like this was a reasoned and intelligent awnser. her interruption and
question implied tht the U.S. coulsd not wage war in Iraq while at the same time brokering a settlement and he pointed out quite correctly tht the
U.S. CAN do more than one thing at a time.
Like Iraq, the Palestinian and the Israeli issue is going to require good security measures. And --
Q And a bit more even-handedness from America?
THE PRESIDENT: -- and we're working on security measures. And America -- I'm the first President to ever have called for a Palestinian state.
That's, to me, sounds like a reasonable, balanced approach. But I will not allow terrorists to determine the fate -- as best I can, determine the
fate of people who want to be free.
Here she breaks in for no other reason than to imply that American has not been a balanced broker
The fact that he went back to his train of thought after these interuptions to me just shows that he was focused on awnsering the question and would
not allow some Irish twit to sidetrack him. Personally I thnk thats a good thing.
So no I still think this journalist was incompetant and should not be allowed to interview anyone more important tht the local garbage man