OK, the White House dispensed with the likes of Dana Peroxide and Tony Fratto and brought back the A-Team (such as it is) in the guise of Pony Blow.
Q Tony, your argument that Vice President Cheney didn’t know that he was being asked about water boarding or wasn’t being asked about water boarding and didn’t intend to give an answer that suggested he was saying the United States uses water boarding, it doesn’t follow when you read the transcript and it doesn’t follow sort of common sense.
MR. SNOW: Well, I’ll tell you what he —
Q How can you really make that argument?
MR. SNOW: I’ll tell you what he said. He was asked the question, “You dunk somebody’s head in the water to save a life, is it a no-brainer?” And also, if you read the rest of the answer, he also — the Vice President, who earlier had also been asked about torture, he said, “We don’t torture.”
Q Then how can you say that he’s not referring to water boarding, when it was very clear, when you look at the whole context, not only that specific question —
MR. SNOW: Does the word —
Q — but the one before?
MR. SNOW: Did the word “water boarding” appear?
Q It came up in the context of talking about interrogation techniques and the entire debate that has been conducted in this country.
MR. SNOW: I understand that. I’ll tell you what the Vice President said. You can push all you want, wasn’t referring to water boarding and would not talk about techniques.
Q Let’s Holden it up here for a second, because what we’re saying is — and I’ve got the transcript — “Would you agree a dunk in water is a ‘no-brainer’ that can save lives?” Vice President: “It’s a ‘no-brainer’ for me.” Tony —
MR. SNOW: Read the rest of the answer.
Q What could “dunk in the water” refer to if not water boarding?
MR. SNOW: I’m just telling you — I’m telling you the Vice President’s position. I will let you draw your own conclusions, because you clearly have. He says he wasn’t talking —
Q I haven’t drawn any conclusions. I’m asking for an explanation about what “dunk in the water” could mean.
MR. SNOW: How about a dunk in the water?
Q So, wait a minute, so “dunk in the water” means what, we have a pool now at Guantanamo, and they go swimming?
MR. SNOW: Are you doing stand up?