Monday, June 20, 2005
'LAST THROES' . . . UH-HUH
Need some entertainment on a Monday morning? How about ABC chief
White House correspondent Terry ("Bulldog") Moran, right, questioning White
House Press Secretary Scott McClellan the other day? I don't know which to
admire more, Moran's tenacity or his sense of humor. As reported by Editor
& Publisher, here's how that went:
MORAN: Scott, is the insurgency in Iraq in its "last throes"?
McCLELLAN: Terry, you have a desperate group of terrorists in
Iraq that are doing everything they can to try to derail the transition to
democracy. The Iraqi people have made it clear that they want a free and
democratic and peaceful future. And that's why we're doing everything we
can, along with other countries, to support the Iraqi people as they move
MORAN: But the insurgency is in its last throes?
McCLELLAN: The Vice President talked about that the other day --
you have a desperate group of terrorists who recognize how high the stakes
are in Iraq. A free Iraq will be a significant blow to their ambitions.
MORAN: But they're killing more Americans, they're killing more
Iraqis. That's the last throes?
McCLELLAN: Innocent -- I say innocent civilians. And it doesn't
take a lot of people to cause mass damage when you're willing to strap a
bomb onto yourself, get in a car and go and attack innocent civilians.
That's the kind of people that we're dealing with. That's what I say when
we're talking about a determined enemy.
MORAN: Right. What is the evidence that the insurgency is in its
McCLELLAN: I think I just explained to you the desperation of
terrorists and their tactics.
MORAN: What's the evidence on the ground that it's being
McCLELLAN: Terry, we're making great progress to defeat the
terrorist and regime elements. You're seeing Iraqis now playing more of a
role in addressing the security threats that they face. They're working
side by side with our coalition forces. They're working on their own. There
are a lot of special forces in Iraq that are taking the battle to the enemy
in Iraq. And so this is a period when they are in a desperate mode.
MORAN: Well, I'm just wondering what the metric is for measuring
the defeat of the insurgency.
McCLELLAN: Well, you can go back and look at the Vice
President's remarks. I think he talked about it.
MORAN: Yes. Is there any idea how long a "last throe" lasts for?