Skip to comments.Tony Snow Challenges Senator (Gordon Smith) to ‘Duel’
Posted on 12/12/2006 1:04:15 PM PST by Sopater
En garde, Sen. Gordon Smith! White House press secretary Tony Snow may challenge you to a duel.
Responding to a charge by Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., that the U.S. handling of the war in Iraq has been "criminal" and "absurd," Snow told reporters that it was the killing of U.S. soldiers, not the conduct of the war itself, that was "immoral," according to Editor & Publisher.
Asked by a reporter during a White House press briefing if he was just going to "blow it off" in dealing with Smith's charge that the president's policy may be criminal and immoral, by simply saying we just disagree, Snow asked "And what would you like me to say?
"Should I do duels at 10 paces?"
Here, according to E&P is how it went:
Reporter: Republican Sen. Gordon Smith, last week, said, "Our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day, it's absurd. It may even be criminal," and that he can no longer support this. What is your reaction to a Republican senator saying that what's going on right now in Iraq is criminal?
Snow: Well, we dispute the "criminal" part, obviously, and at the same time, understand the senator's concern.
We share the concern about not doing well enough fast enough. But do not assume that people are simply being blown up. They are on missions. And as General Corelli said last week, "There's not an engagement our people have lost, but it is still important to continue the work of building greater capability and capacity on the part of the Iraqi government and helping them out."
People on both sides are going to have disagreements, much as Joe Lieberman, formerly a Democrat, apparently run out of his party for disagreeing with what was seen as orthodoxy at that time . . .
Reporter: Republican Sen. Smith is challenging the strategy. What he basically said yesterday, as well, was, when you do the same thing over and over again without a clear strategy for victory, that is dereliction, that is deeply immoral. Such is the dispute. He's saying what the president is doing is immoral.
Snow: Well, then we disagree.
Reporter: You're just going to blow it off? A Republican senator is saying the president's policy may be criminal and it's immoral, and you're just saying, we just disagree?
Snow: And what would you like me to say? Should I do duels at 10 paces?
Reporter: Don't you think you should answer for that? You're saying you've said from this podium over and over that the strategy is a victory, right? And you have a Republican senator is saying there is no clear strategy, that you don't have a strategy.
Snow: Well, let's let Sen. Smith hear what the president has to say. We understand that this is a time where politics are emotional in the wake of an election. And you know what? Sen. Smith is entitled to his opinion. But I'm not sure exactly what you would like
Reporter: Well, how about answering the central thrust about the strategy, not about, like, politics
Snow: OK, the strategy is pretty simple. If you take a look, for instance if you take a look at the Baker-Hamilton commission report, what do they talk about?
They talk about building greater capability on the part of the Iraqis so that you can have an Iraqi government that governs itself, sustains itself, defends itself, who's ally in the war on terror is a democracy.
I don't think it's immoral to be a democracy. I don't think it's immoral to have a state that is able to stand up and defend itself against acts of terror. I don't think it's immoral to defend the Iraqi people against acts of terrorism aimed at Muslims.
Reporter: The senator is not saying that's immoral. He's saying that the U.S. he's saying, of course democracy is a great goal . . .
Snow: You know what, Ed? Ed, I'll tell you what. You're engaging in an argument and you're trying to fill in the gaps . . .
Reporter: It's not an argument. It's a Republican senator saying it, not me. It's a Republican senator saying it, and he's not . . . Are you saying Republican Sen. Smith is not in favor of democracy?
Snow: Well, I don't know. You just said he said it's immoral; when I listed the elements of the policy, you said that's not what he was talking about. So please tell me what he was talking about.
Reporter: He's saying that day after day, U.S. soldiers are . . . caught up in the middle of a civil war not about the government there
Snow: OK, here's what's immoral: the killing of American soldiers. We agree.
OMG!!! This is one of Tony's more brilliant exchanges, IMO!
Snow: OK, here's what's immoral: the killing of American soldiers. We agree.Indeed.
Tony slapping down yet another idiot reporter. This didn't happen to be, by any chance, Stretch Gregory again?
surprised this wasnt whats her name,oh gregory
Bush needs to suspend habeau corpus and the first amendment. These guys need to be locked up. Take 'em right off the streets and throw them in prison.
The MSM is STILL trying to find a lever to destroy Bush and the Republic. They want socialism and they want it now.
Is is a sad fact that politics draws some of the worst opportunists who believe in little past their own interest and represent that the believe in what is expedient for the moment.
Maybe Tony has the last spine for Republicans in DC.
Wonder what reporter this was....hmmmmmmmm????
We've been bellyaching about the lack of good 2008 candidates for President.
What about Tony Snow? I, for one, could go for that.
Notice they never tell us who the idiot reporter is to save them embarassment.
According to the transcript, Tony addressed him as Ed.
I love Tony more and more everyday!
"Sen. Gordon Smith is a weasel trying to save his sorry political ass. The only good thing about him is the "R" by his name."
He's a total RINO. His voting record and Special Interest Group rankings show that.
Snow in '08 has a real nice ring to it.....
Hey, that's exactly what I was thinking!
Exactly...He's playing to the lib faction in OR who I believe are increasing in numbers.
How do we get some kind of draft Tony Snow for '08 movement going?