The White House screws up again and Tony Snow has to bail his masters out.
Earlier, White House press secretary Tony Snow denied that Cheney had endorsed water boarding. (Watch Cheney explain that the U.S. has a "fairly robust interrogation program without torture" -- 1:09 )
"You know as a matter of common sense that the vice president of the United States is not going to be talking about water boarding. Never would, never does, never will," Snow said. "You think Dick Cheney's going to slip up on something like this? No, come on."
Cheney's conversation with conservative talk radio host Scott Hennen tells another tale.
Hennen asked, "Would you agree that a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?" Cheney replied, "It's a no-brainer for me, but for a while there, I was criticized as being the vice president 'for torture.'"
Snow is lying through his teeth. To quote his boss: "This is a no-brainer."