Thursday, December 28, 2006

What Bush really said: I don't know where he is

Just as kind of reminder for us to keep our eyes on the ball - and I know it's hard work since Bush doesn't really care about bin Laden, being too busy surging in Iraq, I thought I'd re-reun Bush's exact words on why he's not looking for the architect of 9/11.

This is from a White House press conference that took place in The James S. Brady Briefing Room (hotcha!) in March of 2002, and lifted verbatum from the transcript on the White House web site.

So I don't know where he is. You know, I just don't spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. I'm more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well-supplied; that the strategy is clear; that the coalition is strong; that when we find enemy bunched up like we did in Shahikot Mountains, that the military has all the support it needs to go in and do the job, which they did.


Q But don't you believe that the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead or alive?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, as I say, we haven't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, again, I don't know where he is. I -- I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him. I know he is on the run. I was concerned about him, when he had taken over a country. I was concerned about the fact that he was basically running Afghanistan and calling the shots for the Taliban.

Source: White House web site

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