MR. SNOW...And while they continue to look, let me just make an announcement, that Karl Zinsmeister will be the head of the Domestic Policy Council. Karl has a very long and storied career in the journalism business, as well as others. His first job -- thank you, do you have the big, old, fat -- he's got a 48-page resume --Who, by the way, the bleep is Karl Zinsmeister or Claude Allen for that matter? Good Questions. Well, the new Uncle Karl is a part of the American Enterprise Institute, a liberal - whoops, hell no, GOP friendly think tank. He's the one who wrote, "It's worth the sacrifice" regarding Iraq. So, no wonder they hired this guy. He agrees with the W, Rove and Co. They get more of the dualistic rhetoric:
Q Can you spell his name?
MR. SNOW: Yes. Z-i-n-s-m-e-i-s-t-e-r. He is presently the editor-in-chief of The American Enterprise Magazine. He's actually been editing it from his home in New York state, where he's been raising his children. Karl is a J.B. Fuqua Fellow at The American Enterprise Institute. He has been editor-in-chief of The American Enterprise, I believe, since 1994.
Q "Karl" with a "k"?
MR. SNOW: With a "k." I will make no further comment.
But in any event, he started working on the staff of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan some time ago. His other accomplishments include having written two books on the war in Iraq. He's been embedded on two different occasions. He's been a film producer, he's been a weekly commentator on Radio America, on the board of advisors of the Department of Education's National Fund for the Improvement and Reform of Schools and Teaching; he's been a research director for the working seminar on Family and American Welfare Policy. As I said before, he was an LA to Senator Moynihan, also received a bachelor's degree from Yale University. Somebody who has been toiling in the vineyards for quite a while, and we're --
Q What will his role be, exactly, Tony?
MR. SNOW: He's going to head the Domestic Policy Council.
Q So he's the President's chief Domestic Policy Advisor?
MR. SNOW: That would be correct -- I suppose if that's how we describe it, yes. And --
Q Did he take the place of Claude Allen?
MR. SNOW: That is correct, that's Claude Allen's --
Q Does he have basically the same responsibilities? Has the job been expanded or contracted?
MR. SNOW: That I do not know. I have not asked about specific responsibilities. I know Karl from my previous life, and I think he's a terrific hire.
Yet I believe it would be wrong to surrender to the jaded and cynical view that Iraqis don’t really want, and don’t really deserve, the freedoms and opportunities we have offered them.Essentially, he will be telling them exactly what they want to here - just what you need in a domestic policy advisor. Here's more from his essay that seals the deal for him:
Our resources are not limitless, and when the time comes for us to launch Iraq on its own course (relatively soon), we will know. But when we do let go it will be a satisfaction to know that our efforts in this land were not for oil, land, gold or glory, not for the things that man has mostly fought over since the days of Abraham. Instead, we have been fighting a war of principle, for self-determination, to make a grim part of the world more humane and thereby less threatening, so that our children--and Iraq’s--can grow up to enjoy God’s dignity and freedom.Gee willikers Karl, that would be all fine and dandy if we weren't sold on the WMD and Terrorist Ties Bill of Good for going in the first place.
Oh, and by the way, he's another Yale Bulldog...could he have been in the Skull and Bones like his employer? There's no way to tell from his CV, but if I were a bettin' person, no doubt, good money would be won betting that way.