Thursday, August 07, 2008

They Doth Discredit Too Much

Any government that tries to pick and choose its terrorist friends will be regarded by us as a supporter of terrorism. We expect nations to speak the truth about terror. They shouldn't encourage malicious lies and outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th.

-President Bush 11/10/01

Were the coalition to step back from the June 30th pledge, many Iraqis would question our intentions and feel their hopes betrayed. And those in Iraq who trade in hatred and conspiracy theories would find a larger audience and gain a stronger hand.

-President Bush 4/13/04

When some in the Muslim world incite hatred and murder with conspiracy theories and propaganda, their words are also heard - by a generation of young Muslims who need truth and hope, not lies and anger.

-President Bush 6/29/04

The militants are aided, as well, by elements of the Arab news media that incite hatred and anti-Semitism, that feed conspiracy theories and speak of a so-called American "war on Islam"...

-President Bush 10/6/05

Q: I'd like to know what's your reaction to people who say that the major driving force for your interest in Africa is oil and that, you know, what you are trying to do, essentially, is to shift the focus from Saudi, with first your relationship between Saudi and U.S. now, to Africa. Now, how much of that --

A: Saudi Arabia?

Q: Yes. So I'd like to know how much of that is actually for instance, in your interest in Africa?

A: Well, conspiracy theorists about everywhere, I guess.

-President Bush 7/3/03

If you've been in politics as long as I have, you get used to that kind of technique where you lay out a conspiracy and then force people to try to prove it doesn't exist.

-President Bush 8/21/07

I always feel a genuine bond whenever I see Senator Clinton. She's the only person who's the center of more conspiracy theories than I am.

-Dick Cheney 3/6/04

That said, we do believe that in some quarters there is a tendency to allow the spewing of propaganda that most -- propaganda and conspiracy theories -- that are not helpful and not true.

-Condi Rice 11/8/01

And many more are fed a steady diet of hateful propaganda and conspiracy theories that twist American policy into grotesque caricatures.

-Condi Rice 8/19/04

The antidote to this radical vision is democracy, justice, and the freedom agenda. This agenda offers empowerment as an alternative to enslavement. It offers participation in place of exclusion. It offers the marketplace of ideas to counter the dark world of conspiracy theory.

-Stephen Hadley 10/31/05

There is a conspiracy theory out there that there was some protracted negotiation, or that this was information that was in a clandestine way being forced into the speech by various factions of the administration. It's simply nonsense.

-Dan Bartlett 7/22/03

Two speeding tickets, July '64 and August '64, $10 fine, Houston traffic court. Two collisions, July '62 and August '62, $25 fine, Houston traffic court. I'm just amazed by the kinds of conspiracy theories that some have chosen to pursue.

-Scott McClellan 2/12/04

Conspiracy theories do nothing to help the Haitian people move forward to a better, more free and more prosperous future.

-Scott McClellan 3/1/04

Q: Scott, I know we talked about this earlier, but can you give us your reaction to the move by Democrats to challenge the result in Ohio?

A: Sure, and we did discuss it earlier. I think the American people spoke very clearly on election day. And the election is behind us. The American people now expect their leaders in Washington to focus on the big priorities facing this country, and to act on those priorities. It is time to move forward, and not engage in conspiracy theories or partisan politics of this nature.

-Scott McClellan 1/6/05

That's an interesting conspiracy theory. The President nominated her because he believes she was the best person to fill the position and based on the consultations he had with members of the Senate, who said he should look outside the court.

-Scott McClellan 10/27/05

And I think what we have going on here is that the 100-hour congressional agenda is faltering, and in that vacuum, that they've decided to fall back on what is a tried and true tactic of theirs, which is creating grand conspiracy theories that have no basis in fact.

-Dana Perino 4/25/07

Q: What about the timing of all this? Again, it was just Thursday that the Vice President, Hayden admitted the United States had used waterboarding against some of these suspects. And then, lo and behold, Monday the DOD announces they're going forward on these cases.

A: I can see conspiracy written all over your face, but there was none.

-Dana Perino 2/11/08

Q: Ari, there's a lot of concern around the world, the administration has been so eager to find weapons of mass destruction that we might be so eager as to plant it. Is there any plans to allow U.N. inspectors back into the country in order to increase --

A: Well, one, that entire notion is nothing but nonsense. It's stuff of conspiracy theories and I don't deal in that.

-Ari Fleischer 4/10/03


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