Friday, January 14, 2005

YES! About time the White House tells it like it is!

January 13 Press Briefing by Scott McClellan

Q What are you looking to achieve in the near term, here,
besides the spread of freedom and democracy, in terms of strategy in
the war on terror?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I just talked to you about what our strategy
is. Our strategy is to go after and bring to justice those who seek to
do us harm. Taking the fight to the enemy is at the top of our
strategy to win the war on terrorism. Right along there with it is
working to advance and support freedom in parts of the world that have
not known freedom. And that's what we'll continue to do. We're
achieving significant results in terms of dismantling the al Qaeda
network. We've made great progress there. We're seeing historic -- an
historic and hopeful moment in the broader Middle East with elections
taking place in Afghanistan, with elections coming up in Iraq, and with
an election of a new Palestinian President in the Middle East.

Q Right, but other than Iraq, where is the enemy now? Where are you concentrating your efforts?

MR. McCLELLAN: It's a multi-front effort, John. There are a number of ways we're going after the enemy, from cracking down on
terrorist financing to working with other nations to share intelligence
and act on that intelligence. We're also working from a military
standpoint to go after those who seek to do us harm, whether it's in
Afghanistan or Iraq or elsewhere.

Q But -- it's all kind of ephemeral now. I mean, you could
point to Afghanistan before and say, here's where the terrorists are;
you could point to Indonesia and say, here's where Jemma Islamiya is.
But, as I say, it's kind of ephemeral. We don't really -- where is the
enemy these days?

MR. McCLELLAN: John, I'll give you an update. The enemy is the ideology of hatred and oppression that people espouse. That's what we're up against. We're working to defeat an ideology of hatred and oppression. And you do that by going after the terrorists, who have no regard for rule of law, no regard for innocent civilians, and all they seek to do is spread chaos and fear and intimidation.

You also do it by working to provide hope and freedom to those who have only seen tyranny and oppression. And that's what we're going to
continue working to do in a global effort. There are many nations
involved around the world in the global war on terrorism, and we have
many partners, and we're going to continue to build upon those
relationships. We've worked to build those relationships over the last
few years. We've provided you a significant amount of information in
terms of how we're working to win the war on terrorism.

One other effort that is very important to this, because the nexus between weapons of mass destruction and terrorists is the most
dangerous threat of our times -- that's why the President initiated the
proliferation security initiative, with a number of countries who are
working to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. That was a
significant initiative. We've also been able to dismantle the networks
like the A.Q. Khan network, and that was an important achievement in
the global war on terrorism and making the world a safer and better
place.


Now if we could only get the White House to start calling them ISLAMIC TERRORISTS and stop calling Islam a "Religion of Peace" we'd really be going in the right direction!