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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 "Oh Yeah? Well, I'll Show You!": (via Froomkin)

" 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. . . .

"Q Is it possible that the President does not want to announce the deployment of thousands of more U.S. troops to Iraq before the holidays?

"MR. SNOW: No, it has nothing to do with that. Cynical, but false. . . .

"Q. . . . [T]here have been a number of references here about the Baker-Hamilton commission. To what extent is this delay in the expected announcement an effort to put some distance between the release of, and the reaction to that?

" MR. SNOW: It has nothing to do with it, period. Nothing."

Yup. Nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that he's been called a failure by people who were working in goverment while George Bush was still partying in what used to be New Orleans in his drunken stupor days.   Or that fact that the vast majority of the American public thinks he is doing a horrible job and don't trust him to clean up after his latest pretzel party, let alone trust him to make anything beyond wrongheaded decisions with regard to Iraq…or really with regard to much of anything.

And what is the Grand Bush Plan For Ultimate Victory And Fabulosity?

"I will be delivering my plans after a long deliberation, after steady deliberation," the president said. "I'm not going to be rushed into a difficult decision."


…and perhaps crossing his fingers and toes.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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