Editor’s note: Each week, WorldNetDaily White House correspondent Les Kinsolving asks the tough questions no one else will ask. And each week, WorldNetDaily brings you the transcripts of those dialogues with the president and his spokesman.
At today’s White House news briefing, WND asked presidential press secretary Scott McClellan about sexual assaults in the military and women in combat.
WND: Scott, the top of Page 1 of Sunday’s New York Times reports that six of the defendants in the Abu Ghraib abuse cases once all bunked together in a tent in Baghdad. And my question, a two-part, since Pfc. Lynndie England has been impregnated, does the commander in chief believe that women soldiers should be assigned to gender-integrated tents overseas?
McCLELLAN: Les, the president’s views have not changed when it comes to our military. I would just say that.
WND: The New York Times also reports that the Miles Foundation is helping 153 military women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by fellow soldiers of the Central Command area in and around Iraq. And my question: How can the commander in chief allow women soldiers to be in combat zones where they’re surrounded by and far outnumbered by male warriors, and if they’re captured, they’re gang-raped?
MCCLELLAN: Les, first of all, let me tell you there is no place for sexual assault anywhere, and the military has taken strong action to address those issues you raise. Second of all, the president is proud of all our men and all our women who are serving admirably in the war on terrorism. They are doing an outstanding job, and the president greatly appreciates their service to their country – the men and women.
WND: Oh, I think that they are. But you put women over there, surrounded by all these men, and you have 153 cases of sexual assault, and then this one that’s been impregnated. Why send women into combat zones –
McCLELLAN: Les, you’ve had your questions. I’m going to go to David, The New York Times reporter.