Snow at CPAC: We didn't create the war in Iraq, We didn't create the war on terror
On the first day of the 34th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, a former Fox News Channel anchor, made a speech in which he argued that terrorists were to blame for the Global War on Terror, not the United States.
Speaking at the Omni Shoreham Hotel's Regency Ballroom in Washington DC, the presidential advisor said, "We didn't create the war in Iraq. We didn't create the war on terror."
Snow also vowed that the US would "capture terrorists hiding out in their caves and their spider holes, tapping away on keyboards."
According to The Right Angle, one of twenty-five blogs which received credentials for the conference, Snow "received a standing ovation following his speech."
"His message for conservatives was simple: take off the dark-colored glasses 'because we've got a lot of work to do,'" Ivy J. Sellers blogs. "The world is watching and waiting, Snow told the crowd, and 'when we win...the rest of the world's going to say, "We want to be like American."'"
Other speakers scheduled to speak at the conference, which will run through Saturday, include Vice President Dick Cheney, Fox News Channel anchor Sean Hannity, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), former Congressman Tom DeLay (R-TX) and controversial columnists Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a 2008 presidential candidate, is being criticized for skipping out on the conference.
"Sponsors of the Conservative Political Action Conference, which begins today in Washington and brings together thousands of conservative leaders and grass-roots activists, say the Arizona Republican has 'dissed' organizers by attempting to schedule a private reception for attendees after rejecting invitations to speak at the event," Ralph Z. Hallow reported in a front page story in today's Washington Times.
"It was a classical McCain move, dissing us by going behind our backs," William J. Lauderback, the executive vice president for the American Conservative Union, told the paper.
Vice President Cheney will be delivering remarks at the conference’s Presidential Banquet Thursday evening, according to a CPAC press release.
"We are pleased that the Vice President has agreed speak at CPAC again," said American Conservative Union Chairman David A. Keene in the press release. "Having spoken at CPAC many times throughout his career, we are certain CPAC’s attendees are appreciative of his lifetime of leadership, and eager to take in his ideas for moving forward our shared conservative vision."