Mokhiber: Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Defense Secretary, said last week
this: “I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal
affairs of Iraq.” And I was wondering if the President agrees with that?
Scott McClellan: We've made our views very clear in terms of foreign
terrorists being in that country in terms of countries that maybe could
be taking steps to prevent that from happening.
So I think the President has made his views very clear on that issue.
Mokhiber: The other question is this – the New York Times reporter,
Stephen Kinzer, has just come out with a book called, All the Shah's
Men, An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror. He documents
a CIA operation – Operation Ajax -- which was a coup that overthrew the
democratic-elected Prime Minister – Mossadegh. And he makes the
following argument -- and I was wondering if you agree to this -- he
says, "It is not farfetched to draw a line from Operation Ajax through
the Shah's repressive regime and the Islamic revolution to the fireballs
that engulfed the World Trade Center in New York."
Scott McClellan: I appreciate the opportunity to comment on a book that
I haven't read, but -- you're asking about the Central Intelligence
Mokhiber: It was a coup by the United States of a democratically
elected leader in Iran.
Scott McClellan: Russell, I haven't even seen that book --