Skip to comments.LIVE Thread: Presidential Press Conference (full transcript at post #114)
Posted on 04/10/2006 8:12:52 AM PDT by Peach
Press conference now. The president is taking questions.
President: Asked about leaks says that after we liberated Iraq there were questions about the basis of the war and I declassified the document for a reason. I wanted people to see the truth and that's why I declassifed the document.
I thought I could declassify without jeopardizing
ongoing intel operations.
Question: Sec. Rice in March discussed security issues in Asia Pacific. People thought it was an effort to contain the China threat. Could you elaborate the admin's strategy to the Pacific issues.
President: We have worked hard to make sure relations with Japan, S. Korea and China are on firm footing and they are. The Japanese relationship is a close relationship and I'm personally fond of the Prime Minister and I've worked with him on a variety of issues. He's committed troops to Iraq; he believes democracy keeps the peace. We've worked close in Afghanistan.
The S. Korean issue is dominated primarily by N. Korea nad I made the decision early on to change the dynamics called the 6 party talks aiming to get people who have a stake with N. Korea to the table. We need a united voice with the N. Koreans. The N. Korean nuclear issue disturbs me but also the fact that people are being starved to death.
I would have otherwise missed this!
President: The issue on most American's minds is the issue of China. The relationship with China is positive and complex. It's positive because we do have dialog and the Chinese leadership sit down and we have frank discussions about a variety of issues. Our side discusses fairness and trade and freedom of religion and human rights.
It would be helpful if the S. Koreans and Japanese had better relationships so we encourage more dialog between the parties.
Please take notes
I have to leave and pick up my youngest from school
Thank you for the extraordinary transcription service.
Peach is doing marvelously.
President: I believe it's important for Americans to see a society that is driven by consumer driven society in China. Meetnig will be a wide agenda.
FNC opts out, CNN still carrying.
Go to CNN.
FNC has dropped him in favor of two bozo commentators.
Question: I feel strongly about freedom although al so about human trafficing. Your admin takes a s trong stance against prostitution and combating sex trafficing. There is no evidence that criminalizing prostitution changes sex trafficing. Have you considered changing your mind about criminalizing sex prostitution?
President: Sounds like I'm dodging but you know more about it than I do. I'll call Candi; I thought we had a strong policy on this and addressed the UN and you'll have to talk with the secretary about it.
Prostitution question... silly.
On to USA's attempt to "democratize the world."
Oh-oh, the Prophet Mohammed.
"Give your people a chance to be free."
Question: Many see America's attempts to democratize ME, considering its the prophet Mohammed who established first democracy in the world (??), living among an equal among his people, giving any man or woman the right to vote, respect for all living, it parallels with our Constitution. How does the Iraq Study Group explore these striking similarities and educate Americans about democratic principals about Islam.
President: Islam has been hijacked. I'll pass on your comments to James Baker. You said something interesting. You said that people view America as imposing its beliefs. I harken back to what I said earlier.
Mo, just read all of Peach's posts.
when was islam not hijacked?
If GW thinks that, he's waaaay out of touch.
Islam and Democracy are two contradictory terms.
President: It's in our interests to see a two state solution between Palestinians and Israelis. Elections are the beginning of the process and the election of Hamas was very instructive. It was the final culmination of the Arafat era and we don't want corruption. They want health care and better attention to the interests of their people. A government that has announced they want to destroy Israel....
Democracy will eventually allow them to live side by side in peace.
We're going to succeed in Iraq, if we don't loose our nerve, will send a powerful signal. Imagine the signal it will send to Iran. I believe the women's movement will be the defining moment in changing the middle east. There is a universal desire to be treated fairly.
Kuwaiti women are running for office. We have to be realistic about what's possible but firm in our belief that freedom is possible and necessary. Otherwise a system that says tolerate the tyrants didn't work and was a lesson of the attack on the US.
The world seemed okay, but beneath the surface there was tremendous resentment.
Islam was the first democracy in the world? first of all it wasn't a democracy, secondly the Greeks had democracy way before that.
Well, as far as that region goes, he's right. Nobody is worried about the Japanese. Korea is kinda on the back burner for the time being as well. China is always a worry.
Very true. The Athenians would be surprised by Muhammad's invention.
Are you using a speech recognition system on your PC?
LOL -- leave her alone! ;0
Never interrupt a genius at work.
Someone ask the POTUS why he thinks that the North American Union is a)Constitutional and b)good for America.
Oh, yeah - this is the CFR Administration.
In context to the question asked, he's probably right.
Is that what he was referring to...the region? Then, I misunderstood. I thought he meant as in all issues..ie borders, immigration, etc.
Thanks for clarifying that for me.
Question: You've alluded to tesnsion beneath the surface in countries. You haven't spoken about economic development this morning; where does it lie on your priority list. Also, countries that haven't gotten everything right regarding political stability. Keeping development funds from those countries - is it counter-productive. If you can help, maybe the tensions will be eased.
President: Good question. Talked with ? re the WTO because trade helps lift people out of poverty. Relationship between development aid and capital and how a society benefits more because of trade. Free trade agreement with Africa. Pres. Clinton signed it and I was happy to extend it. NO question the economy is important. Jim Woolfson went over with a plan to help Paleastinians with their economic development. It's an integral part of our policy.
We give lots of aid to countries that like us and those that don't like us. I have added on to the development for the millenium development account. Depends on the behavior of government. We should insist goverments fight corruption. A challenge of the account is if they don't fight corruption, they don't get $$.
CNN opts out; no one is carrying it currently.
If you think otherwise, you're waaay out of touch. Folks are more concerned about trade deficits and outsourcing than they are about illegal immigrants. That might be changing slowly, but the main concern is with China -- and rightly so.
Incongruent idiocy. Why we will fail in our purported Mideast aims.
President: "Yes, but first, have I mentioned recently how an ugly warthog in a dress is more appealing to men than Helen Thomas is on a good day?"
"The issue on most American's minds is the issue of China."
What? We surrendered to Chinese Communism years ago.
How about the Mexican invasion of America? How about terrorists crossing our borders? How about knowing who and what is coming into our ports? How about merging America, Canada and Mexcico into a new State?
I work on my typing skills playing Typer Shark Deluxe.
Awesome you, Peach!
It's not a proud moment in Republican history.
I thought something wasn't right about this - none of the hectoring and badgering and repeat after repeat of the same questions about Valerie Plame and why are you going to nuke Iran?
Pretty sad when you realize a group of students asks better questions and behaves itself better than the MSM.
Gee, is that why there's so many more china and trade deficit threads on FR?
I think the president said one of the issues on American's minds...don't take my quick notes too literally for every single word the president said.
If you think FR postings are indicative of the mood of the country at large, you're even more out of touch than I thought.
You're welcome. FNC reported it would be a 2+ hour Q&A event; too bad everyone opted out so quickly.
"Islam" is exactly what mohammed modeled when he ran the Cult himself.
"Folks are more concerned about trade deficits and outsourcing than they are about illegal immigrants."
Then Folks are stupid.
I want to see the entire 2 hours --- maybe C-SPAN this evening.
Maybe. Much better questions asked by students than Old Media.