Thursday, May 04, 2006

Heckle And Jive Hecklers Interrupt Rumsfeld Speech
heck·le Audio pronunciation of "heckle" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (hkl)
tr.v. heck·led, heck·ling, heck·les
  1. To try to embarrass and annoy (someone speaking or performing in public) by questions, gibes, or objections; badger.
  2. To comb (flax or hemp) with a hatchel.
There were apparently some "protestors" and "demonstrators" who caused a series of "outbursts." But the centerpiece of the story was a series of questions from a former CIA analyst, apparently during a staged Q&A portion of the program. (The graphic on the CNN video says, "Rumsfeld Takes Questions At Atlanta Event.")

QUESTION: So I would like to ask you to be up front with the American people, why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary, that has caused these kinds of casualties? Why?

RUMSFELD: Well, first of all, I haven’t lied. I did not lie then. Colin Powell didn’t lie. He spent weeks and weeks with the Central Intelligence Agency people and prepared a presentation that I know he believed was accurate, and he presented that to the United Nations. the president spent weeks and weeks with the central intelligence people and he went to the american people and made a presentation. I’m not in the intelligence business. They gave the world their honest opinion. It appears that there were not weapons of mass destruction there.

QUESTION: You said you knew where they were.

RUMSFELD: I did not. I said I knew where suspect sites were and –

QUESTION: You said you knew where they were Tikrit, Baghdad, north, east, south, west of there. Those are your words.

RUMSFELD: My words — my words were that — no, no, wait a minute, wait a minute. Let him stay one second. Just a second.

QUESTION: This is America.

RUMSFELD: You’re getting plenty of play, sir.

QUESTION: I’d just like an honest answer.

RUMSFELD: I’m giving it to you.

QUESTION: Well we’re talking about lies and your allegation there was bulletproof evidence of ties between al Qaeda and Iraq.

RUMSFELD: Zarqawi was in Baghdad during the prewar period. That is a fact.

QUESTION: Zarqawi? He was in the north of Iraq in a place where Saddam Hussein had no rule. That’s also…

RUMSFELD: He was also in Baghdad.

QUESTION: Yes, when he needed to go to the hospital. Come on, these people aren’t idiots. They know the story.
So, asking detailed, substantive questions is "heckling"? And criticizing the president's policies is rudeness.

Crooks and Liars has the video.

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