Mokhiber: Ari, there is a front page article in the Financial Times
today titled “The Marines Shot Anything They Considered a Threat.” It
reports that marines from the 5th Marines were so unnerved by attacks
from Iraqi fighters in civilian clothes that they opened fire
repeatedly, hitting unarmed men, women and children, including a
six-year girl, who was shot in the head.
Does the President know about this and is he concerned about a
potential My Lai situation developing?
Ari Fleischer: Russell, the President is very concerned about
situations that threaten our armed forces – suicide attacks on our armed
forces. He has high confidence in our armed forces in doing anything
they can to protect civilian life and to protect themselves.