An Inclusive Litany

4/18/03

ABC's Terry Moran, in a question to White House spokesman Ari Fleischer, March 21, 2003:
Have you heard [Bush] talk about the other responsibility which may weigh on him heavily today, and that is the death of innocents, for Iraqi moms and dads and children who may, despite our best efforts, be killed?
Four days later, Moran questions Fleischer about the administration's decision to bypass populated areas to prevent civilian casualties:
Obviously, the Iraqi regime has mined [Basra's] harbor, and that is a wicked thing to do, but the coalition battle plan was to bypass Basra and leave the more than half million citizens there essentially to fend for themselves. Does the administration take any responsibility for the plight of the people of Basra?

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