Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Scott McClellan, WH Press Secretary

RUSSELL MOKHIBER: Scott, two things. First, does the President know how many people have been killed and wounded in Iraq since the beginning of the war?

SCOTT MCCLELLAN: Those numbers are made available, publicly.

MOKHIBER: Does the President know how many --

MCCLELLAN: He's very well aware of the sacrifices that are made in Iraq.

MOKHIBER: Well, how many -- how many people have been killed in Iraq? Not just Americans -- total people killed and wounded in Iraq since the beginning of the war?

MCCLELLAN: Russell, I don't have those numbers.

MOKHIBER: Does the President know?

MCCLELLAN: Russell, I think that --

MOKHIBER: Are they available?

MCCLELLAN: I'm sorry?

MOKHIBER: Are they available?

MCCLELLAN: I don't know that you can keep track of all the numbers. I mean those are issues you need to address to the coalition provisional authority

MOKHIBER: Do you know whether the President knows

MCCLELLAN:: Or, I'm sorry, the Central Command.

MOKHIBER: Does the President know how many people have been killed --

MCCLELLAN: The President knows that what we are doing in Iraq is central to winning the war on terrorism.

MOKHIBER: That wasn't my question.

MCCLELLAN:: It is central --

MOKHIBER: Does he know how many people have been killed and wounded?

MCCLELLAN: It is central to bringing about --

MOKHIBER: I know that. But does he know how many -- MCCLELLAN: -- a more peaceful and more secure --

MOKHIBER: -- have been killed and wounded. MCCLELLAN: -- which means a safer world.

MOKHIBER: That's not the question, Scott. The question I had was, does the President know how many --

MCCLELLAN: Again, I've answered the question. I told you he's well aware of the sacrifices that our troops have made and the sacrifices that their families are making with our troops over there in Iraq.
Excerpt found at Undernews.com

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