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Scottie & Me - White House Briefing - July, 29, 2003
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White House Press Briefing with Scott McClellan
Tuesday, July 29, 2003 - 2:00 p.m.
by Russell Mokhiber

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 Agency?

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 --



-Thanks to Russell Mokhiber

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


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