Helen, go ahead.
Q I read that the President is seeking a regime change in Syria. Does he plan to widen the war in the Middle East? And just how does he -- what right would he have to unseat anybody in another country without provocation?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I don't know what you're reading, but it doesn't seem like it's an accurate reflection of our policy.
Q The Financial Times.
MR. McCLELLAN: I don't think it's an accurate reflection of our policy.
Q Are you denying --
MR. McCLELLAN: The President talked about our concerns when it comes to Syria earlier today --
Q I know. I'm asking you specifically --
MR. McCLELLAN: -- and he expressed what our view is.
Q -- is he seeking a regime change in Syria?
MR. McCLELLAN: There's no change in our policy toward Syria.
Q Whatever that is.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
There's No Policy Like No Policy.
Back to the fun of reading press briefings from the W, Rove and Co. Ringing through my ears was the tune, "there's no business like show business..." Again, one has to wonder how the W, Rove and set policy or if there is no policy at all. Today, Helen Thomas asked a good question about Syria and our stance toward them. She, of course, got the usual banal dismissal from Scotty McMessage McClellan: