Deciding Is Hard Work...
MR. SNOW: No, no, no. The President is the Commander-in-Chief; he issues orders. He decided, frankly, that it's not ready yet. . . .
Q So some might infer that the delay means he doesn't know what to do.
MR. SNOW: No, well, that would be the wrong inference to draw. . . .
Q So just to get this clear, the reason for the delay is, number one, the complexity of the Iraq issue, and not because the President learned something in the last week that changed his mind?
MR. SNOW: That is correct. . . .
Q Is it possible that the President does not want to announce the deployment of thousands of more U.S. troops to Iraq before the holidays?
MR. SNOW: No, it has nothing to do with that. Cynical, but false. . . .
Q. . . . [T]here have been a number of references here about the Baker-Hamilton commission. To what extent is this delay in the expected announcement an effort to put some distance between the release of, and the reaction to that?
MR. SNOW: It has nothing to do with it, period. Nothing. Simply put, before he begins looking at any new materials he wants to first finish reading the Shakespeares he began over the summer.
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