From the White House Briefing October 19, 10:22 am EST:
MR. SNOW: Again, as I said, we have, in fact, considered -- we consider lots of things. We've thought about partition, for a series of reasons --
Q Phased withdrawal?
MR. SNOW: -- again, you don't -- you withdraw when you win. Phased withdrawal is a way of saying, regardless of what the conditions are on the ground, we're going to get out of Dodge.
Q The 5 percent solution --
MR. SNOW: No.
MR. SNOW: Non-starter.
...in a time of war you have shifting conditions, and you do have to adjust. That's the only way in which you can continue to pursue victory.
So we certainly are always considering new ideas, and we will reconsider old ideas to see if we think suddenly they have currency.
Q The best intelligence on when you may have something to assess is well after the election?
MR. SNOW: You're going to have to ask -- I think it's best to talk to Jim Baker and Lee Hamilton because they know the timetables on that.
Okay, say it with me, now: Shorter Tony Snow: