UPDATE 3 -- President Bush Suggests SPP Critics are "Conspiracy Theorists"
President Bush was asked by reporters today whether secretive SPP meetings like that ending today at Montebello are, in fact, efforts aimed at building a North American Union. The President refused to answer the question directly, but derided critics as peddling conspiracy theories. "You know, there are some who would like to frighten our fellow citizens into believing that relations between us are harmful for our respective peoples," Bush said. "And I'm amused by some of the speculation, some of the old – you can call them political scare tactics. If you've been in politics as long as I have, you get used to that kind of technique where you lay out a conspiracy and then force people to try to prove it doesn't exist."
The president said that such criticism is coming from people who "are not engaged." But the president's choice to ridicule the opposition rather than honestly answer the question struck some as odd. Such tactics, said WorldNetDaily reporter Jerome Corsi, "underestimate the intelligence of people listening, and people realize that the argument wasn't answered." Corsi continued: "Just to ridicule the idea, when he had a chance to categorically deny it, raises doubts in peoples' minds, especially when these meetings aren't transparent."