Let me take the question of the tape first. No, I haven't listened to it. And I guess I should ask you, why do you think I should? What do you think I'll learn from it?
Well, you're the National Security Advisor, you might have access to that sort of intelligence.
How many in this room speak Arabic?
Do you have access to an interpreter?
Well, you want me to listen to it? What am I going to learn from... I mean, if they were speaking Korean, I wouldn't learn any more from it either.
An interpreter would be able to tell you what's going on.
Well, then, I can read a transcript too.
So you don't think it's important that you hear that as the National Security Advisor?
I'm just trying to make the point that everybody who says, why don't you listen to the tape, unless you speak Arabic, what are you going to get from it?
Why not get a translator to understand, to hear what happened? You could find out a little bit more than what they've told you by listening.
People who speak Arabic have listened to the tape and they have given us the substance of what's in it.
And you trust those who've given you...
I don't speak Arabic.
I know, but a translator, you could hear the emotion, and a translator could help you understand what happened at that time to relate to the president of the United States and to convey to the world what happened.
I'm very satisfied that we know what the tape picked up. And it was factored into the president's decision. And he's announced his position very clearly.