Settle the quarrel
The Washington press corps continues to pepper the White House with questions several days after an emotional speech by Sen. Gordon H. Smith, Oregon Republican, in which he said he “cannot support” the Iraq war any longer.
Mr. Smith, if you hadn’t heard, said he is at “the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs, day after day.”
“That is absurd,” he said. “It may even be criminal.”
After pointing out last week that people on both sides of the Iraq issue are going to continue to have disagreements, White House spokesman Tony Snow said, “We dispute the ‘criminal’ part, obviously, and at the same time, understand the senator’s concern.”
Mr. Snow was pressed further about Mr. Smith’s remarks.
“He’s saying what the president is doing is immoral,” one reporter said.
“Well, then we disagree,” Mr. Snow said.
“You’re just going to blow it off?” the reporter asked. “A Republican senator is saying the president’s policy may be criminal and it’s immoral, and you’re just saying we just disagree?”
“And what would you like me to say?” Mr. Snow answered. “Should I do duels at 10 paces?”