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Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Well now, isn't this interesting. The White House has put up the transcript for Tuesday morning's press gaggle... but nothing from the Monday gaggle Josh Marshall quoted.

Anyway, Scottie Mac makes something else perfectly clear on Tuesday -- the coalition in Iraq was never anything more than window dressing:

Q Did the President talk to the leader of Honduras, President Maduro, at all, that you're aware of?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm sorry?

Q Did the President talk to President Maduro?

MR. McCLELLAN: No.

Q Do you know whether he plans to?

MR. McCLELLAN: We always keep you posted on calls, but there's nothing I have at this point.


...

Q What do you hear from Thailand?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm sorry?

Q Have you heard from them directly, that they will pull out, if attacked?

MR. McCLELLAN: You can check with others on that. I don't have any information on that.

Q Scott, with the Honduras announcement, is the President making any calls? What is the White House doing to ensure support, shore up support among the coalition members in Iraq? Or is there anything?

MR. McCLELLAN: Look at the strong statements of support from the coalition. The coalition in Iraq is strong and their resolve is firm.


In other words, Bush isn't doing anything to try and convince smaller coalition members to stay in place -- if you aren't newsworthy the way Britain and Spain (for instance) are, you aren't worth talking to.

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