Is Pasta a Weapon? Ask the State Department for an Answer.March 4th, 2009
Discussing whether pasta is a dual-use weapon might be funny were it not
for the fact that
Worse yet, in her speech to the donorís
February 25, 2009
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QUESTION: But can you imagine any circumstance under which pasta could be considered a dual-use item? Or is there some -- you know, is rigatoni somehow going to be used as a weapon? (Laughter.)
MR. WOOD: Iím not involved in those discussions, so I Ė
QUESTION: Well, I mean -- I mean, it just seems to be absurd on the face of it, if thatís what happening.
MR. WOOD: Well, there are people on the ground who are dealing with these issues. And I think we should leave it --
QUESTION: Dealing with the pasta dual-use issue?
QUESTION: Yeah, can you take a question on the pasta, please?
MR. WOOD: Iím not going to take the question on the pasta --
MR. WOOD: -- because itís Ė
QUESTION: Well, the
MR. WOOD: Weíre trying to get humanitarian supplies in Ė on the ground to the people in
QUESTION: Do you think food is a humanitarian supply?
MR. WOOD: Food certainly is.
QUESTION: All kinds of food?
MR. WOOD: I Ė Iím not able to tell you from here whether it Ė
QUESTION: Can you get a Ė can you take the question of what kind of food that the
MR. WOOD: Iím not going to take that question, because I donít think itís a legitimate question.
QUESTION: You donít think itís legitimate that the Palestinians need certain foods and is Ė should
MR. WOOD: Iím sorry, Elise, Iím not going to Ė Iíve spoken on it.