Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Still there are a number of reports now detailing the abuses and torture. It does not seem to be isolated at all. What has Bush said beyond he's disgusted? Who has Bush fired? What STEPS has he taken as the highest authority in the military to get a handle on this? So far, well, let's look at his mouth piece -- Scotty boy.
Q The phrase you used, "shameful and appalling," and do you think that steps that are being taken are strong enough now, so far?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, one, our military does not tolerate prisoner abuse. The images are appalling, and such action is inexcusable. And the shameful actions of a few do not represent the 99 percent of our men and women in uniform who are performing superbly and representing the United States with honor and distinction. It is -- we believe in treating all people, including prisoners, with dignity and respect. And that is a stark contrast from the regime of Saddam Hussein, who encouraged and tolerated prisoner abuse.
Q Do you think the administration action -- administrative action that's been taken against the troops is strong enough?
MR. McCLELLAN: The President expects appropriate action to be taken, and he is confident our military is taking appropriate action to correct the situation and hold those who are responsible accountable.
Q You say the President will take appropriate action. What is that? Does the President, for example, think that these soldiers should stay in the Armed Forces?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, again, I can't get into discussing specific cases that may be being pursued. But there are criminal charges that are being pursued by the military. The military has instituted a comprehensive review of policies and procedures throughout the prisons in Iraq. And they are looking at additional criminal charges from -- it is my understanding.
Q Does the Commander-in-Chief think that soldiers participating in this kind of activity should remain in the Armed Forces?
MR. McCLELLAN: They should be held fully accountable for their actions. Again, I'm not going to speculate about individual cases. But the military is taking strong action. They are pursuing criminal charges and appropriate steps against individuals who might be responsible for these -- for this kind of abuse.
Q Does the President see any need for a larger review about how military intelligence and interrogations are conducted?
MR. McCLELLAN: Look, the military is looking into all these matters. That would be asking me to get into speculation about where this may lead. But I think you can look back to General Myers' comments from yesterday, as well as General Kimmitt, from earlier this morning, in terms of where things stand in terms of the investigation and the criminal charges that are being brought.
And this from April 30.
Q Also, the President said they would be taken care of. What does the President want to see done?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, appropriate -- if people -- the people who carried out these acts, the military is working to address that matter. They are pursuing criminal charges. They are looking at additional criminal charges. And we need to let that process work.
Obviously the process does not work and obviously Dear Leader wants to put himself as far away from the scandal as possible, which includes not leading. This CEO needs to be fired. Our country is bankrupt morally and spiritually.