"This might be amusing if I didn't know this was the White House Press Secretary talking about the mess that is Iraq and President"Now what could Tony Snow have said that could get this reaction from that fine blog's writer and apparently Froomkin. This from the daily White House Press Gaggle. The issue at hand was the Presidents clear and definite indication that he had no clear, definite, nor immediate plans on making a decision at this juncture on Iraq, all things being considered, at this critical time.......:
Very cautious, careful, and is almost true, a rare event so "rock da houze" Tony. Well it is true that the President hadn't " the President learned something in the last week that changed his mind". He learned it TWO WEEKS AGO. What happened to keep the in-decider from deciding:
" Q Did the military leaders encourage him to just take a little bit more time?
" MR. SNOW: No, no, no. The President is the Commander-in-Chief; he issues orders. He decided, frankly, that it's not ready yet. . . .
" Q So some might infer that the delay means he doesn't know what to do.
" MR. SNOW: No, well, that would be the wrong inference to draw. . . .
" Q So just to get this clear, the reason for the delay is, number one, the complexity of the Iraq issue, and not because the President learned something in the last week that changed his mind?
" MR. SNOW: That is correct. . . .
December 13, 2006So now we have at least a partial answer as to why the Saudi ambassador resigned abruptly. We now know why the Saudi's have been dumping dollars for Euro's. Next step in slapping Shrub into line will be to start pumping oil like a teenager with hyper-acne. Lower the price, screw Big Oil where it hurt$, and watch Shrub and Cheney fall back in line with its master's (Saudi) voice.
Saudis Say They Might Back Sunnis if U.S. Leaves Iraq
By HELENE COOPER
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 — Saudi Arabia has told the Bush administration that it might provide financial backing to Iraqi Sunnis in any war against Iraq’s Shiites if the United States pulls its troops out of Iraq, according to American and Arab diplomats.
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia conveyed that message to Vice President Dick Cheney two weeks ago during Mr. Cheney’s whirlwind visit to Riyadh, the officials said. During the visit, King Abdullah also expressed strong opposition to diplomatic talks between the United States and Iran, and pushed for Washington to encourage the resumption of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, senior Bush administration officials said.
We have acquired a photo, secretly taken of Cheney as he entered the King's presence: