December 04, 2007
Dana Perino 1, Helen Thomas 0
Dana Perino, Helen Thomas Spar Over Troops, Iraqis ‘Killed’
HELEN THOMAS: Does the President want no troops out from Iraq on his watch? I’m talking about all the troops.
MS. PERINO: Well, 5,700 troops will be home by the end of the year, so that is some troops coming home. The President said that troop levels are going to be made by commanders on the ground, and that we’re going to have to talk about –
THOMAS: Why should it be? Why can’t the American people have a say?
MS. PERINO: — return on success. The American people have had a say. They elected a President who is their Commander-in-Chief and is making decisions based on what his commanders on the ground are telling him.
THOMAS: And you think that was the vote of the American people?
MS. PERINO: They elected a Commander-in-Chief, and the President is bringing home 5,700 troops, based on the recommendations of his commanders on the ground and based on return on success. Hopefully in the future we can bring home more, but it’s going to depend on what General Petraeus reports and remember he will come back in March.
THOMAS: Why should we depend on him?
MS. PERINO: Because he is the commander on the ground, Helen. He’s the one who is making sure that the situation is moving –
THOMAS: You mean how many more people we kill?
MS. PERINO: Helen, I find it really unfortunate that you use your front row position, bestowed upon you by your colleagues, to make such statements. This is a — it is an honor and a privilege to be in the briefing room, and to suggest that we, at the United States, are killing innocent people is just absurd and very offensive.
THOMAS: Do you know how many we have since the start of this war?
MS. PERINO: How many — we are going after the enemy, Helen. To the extent that any innocent Iraqis have been killed, we have expressed regret for it.
Q Oh, regret. It doesn’t bring back a life.
MS. PERINO: Helen, we are in a war zone, and our military works extremely hard to make sure that everyone has the opportunity for liberty and freedom and democracy, and that is exactly what they are doing.
I’m going to move on.
There is a video of it HERE. thnk you to Ian Schwartz
Wild Thing's comment........
Helen might as well march into the room with a Hamas flag. Being in that room is not a Constitutional right - it’s a Presidentially-granted privilege. Helen's privileges should be revoked! She should have been banned years ago. For the life of me, I don't understand why the Administration tolerates these hateful bastards in the briefing room. Might as well bring in "reporters" from al Jazeera, Pravda and the Daily Worker. It's absurd. They should be forcefully thrown out of the room.
Posted by Wild Thing at December 4, 2007 12:47 AM
Frau Vader had breakfast on until your photo of Hag Thomas ruined my appetite! If radical islam established their 7th century caliphate over here...Helen Thomas would be stoned to death because Madussa is so FUGLY that the swordsman couldn't hit his target, or he may go blind! Ari Fleischer was a great PR man too like Dana but Scott McClellan was a DWEEB!!!
Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at December 4, 2007 05:46 AM
Is that Frankenstein!? What a monster!
I think I will puke if i see the video...
What completely idiotic statements to make, she's absurd!
Posted by: patrickdaniel at December 4, 2007 05:54 AM
She's just plain nasty, both inside and out. Why do they still allow her in the briefing room. It's impossible for her to write an unbiased column.
Posted by: BobF at December 4, 2007 07:37 AM
She needs a wart at the end of her nose and that would complete the picture. A big black one with hair growing out of it.
She and the rest of the her ilk, strive to do nothing but trash the country, the Troops and the President, regardless of how you feel about him, he still is the President and so far he has followed the right path in the war on terror. And hoepfully he doesn't change that direction.
But she buys into this crap of hundreds of thousands of INNOCENTS have been murdered, typical left wing bilge. The bad thing about the Governments responses is they have to defend it and say it is not true. When she insists on her tripe, "No comment", and when she persists, she should be escorted out of the briefing room. That would change the tone of the entire press conference.
Posted by: Mark at December 4, 2007 08:09 AM
Darth, sorry about your breakfast.
And yes, I think that Scott McClellan is total jerk.
Posted by: Wild Thing at December 4, 2007 11:23 AM
Patrick, I know what you mean. And this morning when the President made a speech, there Helen was right there in the front row again.. grrrrrr
Posted by: Wild Thing at December 4, 2007 11:26 AM
Bob I agree, I hope at least they stop calling on her when she has a question. I guess they can't ban her but I wish they could. She is vile.
Posted by: Wild Thing at December 4, 2007 11:30 AM
Mark, hahahahahaha that would be the perfect thing a big ole wart like that.
Mark I agree so much....."escorted out of the briefing room"...oh how I wish they would do just that.
Posted by: Wild Thing at December 4, 2007 11:33 AM
The overlooked story is that the other media types allow her presence and even give her a place a privilege knowing her extreme bias. That says volumes for the rest of the media.
Doesn't she look like a bad cadaver!
Posted by: TomR at December 4, 2007 11:48 AM
Still not as fun as the fight between Rosie and Elizabeth.
Posted by: Robocop at December 4, 2007 04:10 PM
Tom yes it is the rest media too.
LOL "bad cadaver"...
Posted by: Wild Thing at December 4, 2007 11:54 PM
Robocop,yes those were really intense. I never watch The View, but I did see the video's of the things that were happening on that show.
Posted by: Wild Thing at December 5, 2007 02:50 AM