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Wednesday, February 12, 2003  

I seem to be spamming my own site today, but Ignatius at passed this exchanged along and I can't resist. From a press briefing at the White House.

Q The question is this: President Bush has said that Jesus Christ is his favorite political philosopher. He said that during the campaign. Jesus Christ said, turn the other cheek. He said, the meek will inherit the Earth. And he said, do violence to no man. How does the President square his militarism with Jesus Christ's pacifism?

MR. FLEISCHER: One, I think your choice of words is inappropriate when you refer to President Bush's militarism. The President is seeking a way to provide peace and to protect the American people from a growing, gathering threat at the hands of Saddam Hussein and the weapons he has collected. And the President approaches this matter per his constitutional duties. His constitutional duties are to be the commander-in-chief who is sworn to uphold the Constitution and protect the American people from threats to our lives. And that's the manner in which he approaches it.

He does view this also as a matter of great morality in terms of the serious judgment that any President has to make about risking lives to safe life. And that's the focus that the President brings. [end]

The exchange is located on the transcript of the full briefing here, or for an extra, added bonus, you can visit the "press briefing excerpts" here. The latter one is titled "A Decade of Defiance and Deception."

I kid you not.

posted by Jeff | 3:26 PM |
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