Q Before North Korea launched its missiles on July 4th, the President said the U.S. would attempt to shoot down any missiles headed towards U.S. territory, but it was civil -- but it was Cold War policy of launch on warning that kept the uneasy peace between the Soviet Union and U.S. for 40 years. And my question, has the U.S. abandoned its launch on warning policy?
MR. SNOW: I'm not going to get into the vagaries of --
Q -- if I could finish. Is it not a signal of weakness to our enemies, many of them stateless terrorists, to suggest the U.S. will absorb a first strike before retaliating with their own nuclear weapons?
MR. SNOW: That's one of the all time great preposterous questions. (Laughter.)
Q Coming from the network. And I don't think it's preposterous.
MR. SNOW: Well, memo to boss is, send the weak stuff back. No, look, I do think it's preposterous. And it's one of these things where this is something that has not come into play, and I'm not going to -- the United States reserves all options to defend itself. And I am going to go no further than that.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Was this question preposterous? I don't know...perhaps Tony the Snow-job is practicing his hyperbole for fun.