June 8, 2006

NOW THAT'S SERVICE:

After Welcome Piece of News, a Decision to Stay Silent (JIM RUTENBERG, 6/08/06, NY Times)

As news that United States forces had killed the most wanted terrorist in Iraq began to spread through the American security apparatus late Wednesday afternoon, President Bush and his top advisers were meeting in the White House with congressional leaders, who were nervous about continued trouble in Iraq.

"What you really need to do," Representative Ray LaHood of Illinois told the president, "is go get Zarqawi," according to an account by the White House press secretary, Tony Snow, who was at the meeting.

"I said 'Yeah, we'll just order that up right now,' " Mr. Snow recalled in an interview this morning.

Minutes after that exchange, at 3:45 p.m., the national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley, left the room in response to note passed to him asking that he call the American ambassador to Iraq in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad.

"We think we have Zarqawi," Mr. Khalilzad told him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2006 8:23 PM
Comments

Man! That Tony Snow guy sure gets results!

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 9, 2006 7:42 AM

For those who don't know, Lahood is the former aid to Bob Michels - of "permanent minority status" lore.

Clueless on most issues, and, as a former teacher, a big "supporter of public schools."

A complete knee-biter.

...Oh Yeah, big Topinka supporter.

Posted by: Bruno at June 9, 2006 10:52 AM

LaHood is who the GOP goes to when it needs to pass a tough bill. He's a grown-up.

Posted by: oj at June 9, 2006 12:01 PM

Sounds more like a useful idiot to me.
"What you really need to do is go get Zarqawi."
No! Holy cats, LaHood, I think you've figured this thing out! Thank God you were on the scene to unravel this Gordian Knot! I can imagine him telling someone with terminal cancer, "What you really need to do is not die."
Thanks for your input, Representative! We'll call you the next time we need your mindless rubber stamp on a bill. Grownup, indeed. Feh.

Posted by: Bryan at June 9, 2006 2:45 PM
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