Not only is he a patronizing ass, Pony Blow is just plain ignorant.
Q Does the President agree with General Abizaid’s assessment today, that Iraq is in danger of civil war because of the recent sectarian violence?
MR. SNOW: I think what he said — I think he specifically avoided “civil war.” I think he said he was worried about sectarian violence, and also reiterated something we’ve talked about on a number of occasions, which is the importance of security Baghdad — which is why, pursuant to General Casey’s recommendations, you’re going to see a little more of a troop presence in Baghdad, to try to suppress some of those. Obviously, sectarian violence is a concern.
Oh, so Abizaid “specifically avoided ‘civil war'”, did he? General Abizaid?
“Sectarian violence probably is as bad as I’ve seen it, in Baghdad in particular,” Army Gen. John Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “If not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war.”
And the follow-up:
Q I think he did say that he thought civil war was a possibility.
MR. SNOW: Okay. Well, I don’t think the President is going to quibble with his generals on their characterizations. I think the more important thing that General Abizaid — at least based on what I saw — was saying that, again, it’s very important that we go ahead and go in and secure Baghdad as one of the key things, because that is where people are tying to create broader sectarian strife with pretty large and visible acts of violence.
And if the president is not going to “quibble with his generals on their characterizations” then he must agree that Iraq is moving “toward civil war”. Right?