Today on Holden’s Obsession with the Gaggle

One thing you can say about Pony Blow, he’s anythingbut prepared.

Q Who is going to be at the prayer service?

MR. SNOW: I’ll get you names. We’re joining a church service.

Q And how many wreaths at Ground Zero?

MR. SNOW: How many? You know what, I will confess to you that I don’t have a wreath count. Let me try to work on some of the basics here. Let me take a look at my notes.

What else? We got anything else you want?

Q What is the response to the situation with Iran?

MR. SNOW: Don’t have any response at this point. We’re going to wait and see — I’ll get you straighter guidance on that; I haven’t don’t it, that’s my fault.

Q Was that the Iran question?

MR. SNOW: Yes. I’ll run up and get that. Give me other homework? Do we have any other homework you need done?


Q Can I ask about — I think I emailed you this, the L.A. Times story that talks about —

MR. SNOW: I’m not getting emails, and I don’t know why. So what was the L.A. Times story?

Q It was an L.A. Times story that said that a video released by Iran about a missile launch is bogus, that our intelligence has determined this video is bogus?

MR. SNOW: Don’t have — and I apologize. I will speak sternly to our — no, I’m serious, Dana Priest sent me a bunch of emails yesterday and they didn’t get to my account. I don’t know what’s going on.

The fact that Osama bin Laden’s trail has gone “stone cold” is a sign of our success in finding him.

I shit you not.

Q Osama bin Laden — there was a Washington Post story today saying that the trail has gone stone cold.

MR. SNOW: That’s just wrong. That’s just flat wrong.


One of the things I can say is that bin Laden is harder to find these days because he, in fact, does not feel at liberty to move about, he does not feel at liberty to use electronic means of communications. In many ways, the senior leadership of al Qaeda has been degraded. And under such circumstances, somebody leaves fewer clues.


Q It sort of sounds like since he’s harder to find is a sign of our success.

MR. SNOW: Well, in some ways, it is. I mean, if bin Laden was thoroughly successful, he’d be sitting on a throne conducting press conferences or issuing fatwas in full view of everyone — and he is not doing so.