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Published on Monday, June 9, 2003 by CommonDreams.org
 
Ari the Evader by Russell Mokhiber...
 
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White House Press Briefing with Ari Fleischer
 
 
Monday, June 9, 2003 - 12:00 PM
 
 
by Russell Mokhiber
 
     
 

Mokhiber: The tax bill cut the President's own personal income tax by $26,000. I'm wondering, what is he planning to do with the extra cash?

Ari Fleischer: I haven't asked him.

Mokhiber: You said in April that the war was about weapons of mass destruction. The war resulted in thousands of innocent civilian deaths, according to the Los Angeles Times. Do you personally feel any remorse given the public case that is being made that this war was based on that false pretext?

Ari Fleischer: Number one, you have no basis to say that it is a false pretext. Number two, when you take a look at the mass graves that have been discovered all around Iraq, I think that world breathes a sign of relief that the brutal dictator Saddam Hussein, with no regard to human rights, was removed from power so that the Iraqi people can at long last have a life to build a future that is based on freedom and opportunity and not on tyranny.

Mokhiber: But you said the war was based on weapons of mass destruction.

Ari Fleischer: That still stands, per earlier in the conversation.

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White House reporter Russell Mokhiber is the editor of the Washington, D.C.-based Corporate Crime Reporter - www.corporatecrimereporter.com. He co-authors the weekly Focus on the Corporation column with Robert Weissman which Common Dreams publishes. He can be reached at: russell@nationalpress.com

 

 
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