Skip to comments.U.S.: Italian Hostage Claim 'Absurd'
Posted on 03/07/2005 12:43:57 PM PST by cyncooper
WASHINGTON The White House on Monday said it was "absurd" for a former hostage in Iraq (search) to charge that U.S. military forces may have deliberately targeted her car as she was being rushed to freedom.
Responding to Sgrena's statement that the car may have been deliberately targeted, McClellan said. "It's absurd to make any such suggestion, that our men and women in uniform would deliberately target innocent civilians.
"That's just absurd," McClellan repeated.
He said the airport road "has been a place where suicide car bombers have launched attacks. It's been a place where regime elements have fired upon coalition forces. It is a dangerous road and it is a combat zone that our coalition forces are in. Oftentimes, they have to make split second decisions to protect their own security."
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The above is an example of why I hold my high opinion.
Ping thank you
Yes he did an excellent job today. There's been a very good possiblity from the beginning this 'hostage taking' was staged, and I'm surprised she didn't come up with an even wilder accusation against the US.
It's been said that the Italian government paid the terrorists as much as ten million dollars in ransom for this journalist. If so, the Italians probably were trying to do this whole operation covertly, without informing the US, most likely because the US would object.
Once you start paying ransom you create a powerful incentive for terrorists to take more hostages.
If the US was kept in the dark about this whole maneuver, then the US soldiers had no choice but to intervene with a car that came zooming at them on a highway where other US soldiers have died from car bombs.
More pointless hysteria from the Left. It gets really old.
"That's just absurd," McClellan repeated.
I was very relieved to hear that. She'll be outed for lying about this whole situation. The fact that Italy paid a ransom for this b-word is bad enough!
The MSM will drag this out all week for the ratings, but the truth will come out in the end.
That is exactly what I heard Brett Baier report on Fox...that the U.S. is almost 100% certain a ransom was paid and the deal was kept from us because they knew we would object.
Baier was not confirming this in fact happened, but the suspicion many of us had is indeed shared by the administration and when they verify it we will hear about it.
Bumping for a later read. Thanks.
The Italians took a calculated risk, lost, and paid the price.
I bet at this point the Italian government wants a refund.
Has there been any statement from the other survivors in the car re: The details of the events leading up to the shooting? This reporter makes some strong claims that these others should be able to refute - And they aren't reporters for a Left Wing Rag with an agenda. That's why I suspect the truth will emerge soon.
How come I get the feeling that an e-mail between Eason Jordan and Il Manifesto will come to light showing that this was coordinated and setup?
Probably because I'm so cynical about anything the media claims?
The blood of that agent is on her hands. End of story. She's a pig.
No problem, as long as it takes the focus off of any network news anchors who may or may not be retiring this week.
I have not heard what they've had to say or who, if anybody, has spoken to them.
I have no doubt the U.S. will do a thorough investigation and I, too, am very interested in how their story comports with the several versions the Italian woman has given.
It really is awful and PM Berlusconi has been such an ally, I wonder if this scheme was concocted without his knowledge. My guess is he was kept in the dark.
Gosh, but the media has always been so fair and balanced, concentrating on only reporting the news, not creating it from whole cloth. Everyone knows nobody in the mass media would ever lie to the public!
(must go bathe in bleach now)
Absurd, indeed! NO need to apologize, I'm kinda irritated that Bush did apologize and now wants a full investigation, nothing to investigate except for the idea that this woman LIED!
I believe you're on to something. This would be the perfect opportunity to weaken his position.
This whole thing stinks and reeks of a set up by this communist bitch, her newspaper, communists and the Islamofascists.
This is like the Yellowcake, Wilson/Plame scam.
The reeking scent of George $oreA$$ is coming out of Iraq as a possible mastermind, financial backer and coordinator of this scam.