||"A historical political resource."
Freedom's just another word for dodging tough questions
|Last Edited||RP May 31, 2005 01:12pm|
|Media||Newspaper - Chicago Sun-Times|
|News Date||Friday, May 27, 2005 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Asked if the Iraqi insurgency was getting more difficult to defeat militarily, Bush answered with a classic Dubya-ism. |
"No, I don't think so," he said, "I think they're being defeated. And that's why they continue to fight."
Bush decided to let the American reporters cool their heels for a while.
"Somebody from the Afghan press?" he asked next.
There was an awkward silence, which Karzai gamely tried to fill in by asking, "Anybody from the Afghan press? Do we have an Afghan press?"
Then he spotted the single reporter his government had permitted to travel outside Afghanistan.
"Oh, here he is," Karzai said, as the room filled with the not-quite-warm laughter of people who suspect they might actually be the butt of a joke but aren't sure.
It turned out, National Public Radio journalist David Greene reported later, there were nine other Afghan reporters who were to have followed Karzai on his U.S. visit but, at the last minute, the Karzai government decided to withhold their travel permits for fear the journalists might try to escape their troubled homeland.
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