Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Tony Snow: Who said "cut and run"?

Today's White House press gaggle:
Q: Tony, isn't it a little contradictory to say the President wants Republicans and Democrats to return to that spirit post-September 11th, in the days immediately afterwards and then have the administration officials continue to try to paint the Democrats as the "cut and run" party?

MR. SNOW: You haven't heard it from this podium.
Maybe not, Tony, but you're boss said
The war on terror is fought in many theaters, and the central front in the war on terror now is Iraq. I say it's the central front because that's what the enemy, themselves, have said, that they want to drive us from the region; that they view it as the central front, as well. They've got objectives in Iraq. They want the United States to suffer a defeat in Iraq. They want us to retreat from Iraq. They want to create such havoc on our TV screens by killing innocent people that the American people finally say, we've had enough -- leaving Iraq before the mission is complete.

And the mission is to have a country, a free country that can sustain itself, and govern itself, and defend itself, and serve as an ally in the war on terror in the heart of the Middle East. That's the mission. And they want us to leave -- (applause.) They want us to cut and run. And there's some good people in our country who believe we should cut and run. They're not bad people when they say that, they're decent people. I just happen to believe they're wrong.
Get that? Democrats and the majority of Americans who don't support the war aren't bad people, they just happen to want us to "cut and run"--and thereby "suffer a defeat"--just like the terrorists do.

Bonus Tony Snow bullshit:
SNOW: ...(T)he idea that somehow we're staying the course is just wrong. It is absolutely wrong.
Bush, six days ago:
Iraq is the central front in this war on terror. If we leave the streets of Baghdad before the job is done, we will have to face the terrorists in our own cities. We will stay the course...


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