Said White House press secretary Tony Snow:
Snow did not comment on what the temperatures might be at Marine Corps firebases in Anbar Province or the neuro injury ward at the main Army hospital in the Green Zone.
"My understanding is at this juncture they're going to take August off, but, you know, they may change their minds."You know, it's 130 degrees in
in August." Baghdad
Usually being pretty quick with an opinion, I kinda find myself at a loss about this development.
In fact, it actually makes the U.S. Congress look pretty good, and that is no mean feat.I'm not sure what these parliamentarians would be doing over the summer since they don't seem to do a whole lot the rest of the year. And the American model of the congressional summer recess – legislator goes home to bond with constituents, raise campaign dough and hang out at the country club pool – doesn’t seem to fit.
Besides which, according to the Iraqi constitution, the parliament has two sessions a year of four months each, although it can extend each session for up to one month.
Snow, in what might have been an unintentional lapse into candor, added that he believed that "progress can be made” even if the parliament is not in session."By the by, the U.S. Congress will be in recess from August 3 to September 4.