On the Plane

Missing Tony Snow Located

MERIDA, Mexico -- This just in: With 17-1/2 hours left in the president's six-day trip to Latin America, press secretary Tony Snow will make his first appearance in the press filing center. The White House just sent this out:

* THERE WILL BE AN OFF-CAMERA BRIEFING BY DAN FISK, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND SENIOR DIRECTOR OF WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS IN THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL, AND TONY SNOW, PRESS SECRETARY, AT 5:30 PM LOCAL TIME (7:30 PM EDT) TODAY, MARCH 13, 2007, IN THE PRESS FILING CENTER IN MERIDA, MEXICO*

Anyone out there got any questions?

-- Peter Baker

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I said in a different thread ...

Per Alberto Gonzalez today, Bush did not advise or initiated the firings of the 8 U.S Attorneys... But, if the U.S. Attorneys serve "at the pleasure of the POTUS" (per Karl Rove and all the RNC Talking Heads) ... then how could they be fired without the president a) not knowing and b) not signing off on the dismal.

Also, what did all the the OTHER attorneys have to do to KEEP their jobs? Promise not to prosecute other Republicans?

Is Prosecutor Fitzgerald on the target list?

Posted by: chris | March 13, 2007 6:59 PM

Why do you even bother following Bush around? It seems as if there is little news. Wouldn't the paper's resources and your time be better spend doing almost anything?

Posted by: theboy | March 13, 2007 7:50 PM

I've got a question for SnowJob: What do you think is going to happen when you attack Iran? You think they're just going to sit there and take it? You think they're not going to unleash all sorts of asymmetric hell to fight back? You think the rest of the world is going to say "Oh, the big bad U.S. is being rough. We'd better lay low and not respond."? YOU THINK THIS ISN'T GOING TO START WORLD WAR III?!?

Of course, you won't ask because it's too confrontational, and he wouldn't answer because he's a weasel. I realise you've got a job to do, but like many other commenters, I wonder why you bother to go on this blog-and-Tony show. It doesn't produce news, and it can't be much fun.

Posted by: Bukko in Australia | March 13, 2007 10:26 PM

Mr. Baker,
I would love to ask Mr. Snow why our leaders promote fear rather than fearlessness. Aren't we giving our "enemies" more power to use our fears to achieve their purposes, at no cost to our enemies, than they deserve? Goodness, if al Qaeda trained less than 20,000 people, and budgets amounting to a high school senior's credit card, and we have 300 million people and a $10 trillion dollar economy, plus allies of many billions of people, why should we live in fear?

I would welcome the opportunity to learn from our leaders' own mouths why we can spend more on mlitary weaponry than any other nation on earth, or perhaps dozen nations put together, and still feel insecure? Does that say something about either our insecurity, or the fallacy of relying upon our military prowesss to being secure?

I would enjoy asking Ms. Rice or Mr. Hadley why they fear sitting down with Iranian diplomats, at no personal risk to their lives, in an effort to reach agreement; while it appears the President and Vice President would prefer to send my friends and my son to die in battle. Isn't the purpose of diplomacy to win without killing your own people? Or did our current leaders learn nothing from Viet Nam? Perhaps they learned the wrong lesson from Viet Nam?

I would ask about why we are employing the wrong paradigm to "win in Iraq." One does not win a civil war, or defeat the locals, by military means alone. It is literally as wrong a paradigm as trying to breath underwater, we are doomed to die trying.

Those are the kinds of questions that run through my mind when I look back on lessons I've learned since Viet Nam, and whenever I see the Viet Nam memorial those are the kinds of questions I wish had been asked of leaders by my parents' generation. I would hope they are the kinds of questions reporters covering the White House would consider more interesting than what the president ate for dinner.

Posted by: National Insecurity | March 14, 2007 2:12 AM

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