If you stuck lumps of carbon in Scott McClellan’s sphincter, you could make diamonds by just mentioning the word “Saudis“:

Q Why are you keeping secret the Saudi — the report on the Saudi role, the role they may have had in connection —

MR. McCLELLAN: We commend Congress for its hard work on this critical issue. We were pleased to work closely with the joint inquiry on the report. We provided substantial amount of information and documents, direct access to hundreds of intel and law enforcement officials, and worked to make sure as much information as possible could be shared publicly. I think it’s nearly 80 percent of the report. Only the most sensitive of national security information, which could potentially compromise the sources and methods or otherwise harm our national security, is not being de-classified.

Q That wasn’t Shelby’s assessment, though. Shelby said this morning that it didn’t rise to the level of classification and that he suspected it was removed because it would be embarrassing. He didn’t say embarrassing to whom, he just said that it might be embarrassing.

MR. McCLELLAN: I think I described it the way we look at it.

Q Only the most sensitive of national security information — that’s what you’re maintaining has been redacted?

MR. M cCLELLAN: That’s what I just said.

Q Scott, who’s traveling with us today, what lawmakers?

MR. McCLELLAN: Both senators. Okay.

Q What if the Saudis were to —

MR. McCLELLAN: Remember, you know that the President’s highest priority is protecting the American people. That is why he’s providing strong leadership to win the war on terrorism and make sure we are doing all we can to protect the homeland. I think the horrific and tragic attacks of September 11th made clear in a very vivid way the importance of confronting the new threats we face. And the best way to protect the American people is to go after the terrorists where they are and confront these threats before the killers can carry out their evil acts on innocent civilians. And we are making great progress in winning the war on terrorism. We commend the joint inquiry for the hard work it did in completing this report and we were glad to work — we were pleased to work closely with them.

So you don’t want to talk about the Saudis, is that it, Scott?



Yeah. Like I would tell you....