August 19, 2006

Tony Snow: “There’s a fundamental difference between a ‘garden variety’ war and the war on terrorism, but I don’t know what it is”

Posted in political satire, Tony Snow at 4:13 am by thewashingtonbeltsider

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by Terri Firma

A British reporter asked Press Secretary Tony Snow today if the war on terror actually fits the definition of a war.  “If we use the police action in Britain as an example,” asked Garth Thembers of the London Times, “maybe anti-terror measures are more like law enforcement activity.”  The reporter asked if, using the Webster’s dictionary definition, the administration is using the term to mean “a state of open, armed, and prolonged conflict carried on between nations or states,”  or as “a condition of active antagonism or contention: as in ‘a war of words’ or ‘a price war.'”

“I forgot which one,” Snow answered.

He deferred the question intially to President Bush, then explained, “the campaign against terrorists is not necessarily what you’re going to read in Webster’s Dictionary, or any other liberal rag, for that matter.”
 

“Look, there’s a fundamental difference between a ‘garden variety’ war and the war on terrorism,” he continued, “but I don’t know what it is, okay?  Can we use conflagration?

“I forgot, really, how we came to use it as such.  I’ll get back to you on this question of yours.  Thank you.”

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