And I've talked to him about this a number of times. It was simply — what he means is that in the grand sweep of history
Helen Thomas then points out (quite reasonably, I think): The war is three-and-a-half years old.
What Snow & Thomas disagree on seems pretty clear. Snow is essentially arguing that the "rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic" exercise that was concluded with the installation of the new government of Iraq was a "decisive turning point," much as was the signing of the Iraqi constitution on 8 March 2004:
Or the "turnover of authority to the Iraqi people" on 28 June 2004, which resulted in:
"This is a historical day," Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said. "We feel we are capable of controlling the security situation."
Added Iraqi President Ghazi Al-Yawer: "This is a day we are going to take our country back into the international forum. We'd like to express our thanks to the coalition," Al-Yawer continued. "There is no way to turn back now."
Historic, eh? Funny how nobody celebrated the second anniversaries of these famed and historic days. 22 June 2005, Kofi Annan declared that various international pledges of support given at a conference in Brussels marked a:
"This conference marked a watershed for Iraq," Mr Annan said afterwards.
And of course, there was the 8 June 2006 killing of the head of "al Qaeda in Iraq," Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. British Prime Minister Tony Blair was wary of using the term "turning point." but was suitably enthusiastic:
"Our task, obviously, is to turn that spirit, that willingness, that desire to succeed into effective action," he said.
"If we are able to do so, then we will have accomplished something that goes far beyond the borders of Iraq."
Further commentary in this particular article demonstrates that the British press is far freer and less corporatized than the American press is by leaps and bounds.