Tony Snow Backtracks: ‘Of Course’ Things Have Gone Wrong In Iraq


On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Tony Snow was asked about pre-war military plans that predicted only 5,000 U.S. troops would be in Iraq in 2006. “What went wrong?” a reporter asked. Snow replied, “I’m not sure anything went wrong.

This morning, Snow was forced to face reality. NBC’s Tim Russert pointed out, “The weapons of mass destruction, the cost of the war, the size of the military force necessary, the level of sectarian violence. All those assumptions were just wrong.” Snow tried to dodge the claim but was asked again, “Things did go wrong?” Snow said, “Yeah. Of course.”

Watch both clips back-to-back:

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Q: Slides from a prewar briefing show that by this point the U.S. expected that the Iraqi army would be able to stabilize the country and that the U.S would have as few as 5,000 troops there. What went wrong?

SNOW: I’m not sure anything went wrong.


RUSSERT: But things did go wrong?

SNOW: Yeah. Of course. It’s a war. Things always go wrong. As a matter of fact it happens in every war.