WaPo reported President Bush arrived in Baghdad today for a face-to-face meeting with new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki -- an effort, the White House said, to get a clear sense of the premier's priorities and how the U.S. government could help his government succeed.
Can you imagine how depressed the Democrats must be. Zarqawi is killed, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki selects the last few members of their government, Bush flies to Iraq to talk to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and to congratulate our troops, and Fitzgerald announces that he will not charge Rove.The White House originally had said Bush was scheduled to be at Camp David and to hold a video-conference with Maliki this morning. Instead, without telling the Iraqi government or all but his closest advisers, the president slipped out of Washington last night and made the 11-hour trip to Baghdad International Airport, landing at 4:08 p.m. Baghdad time (8:08 a.m. EDT).
I suspect the rabid Left will start calling this a photo op, but consider this. When he went to Iraq for Thanksgiving 2003 they did not announce it until his plane was in the air for the return trip. This time, they allowed the Iraqi PM to publically announce his presence while he was still there. If it is so safe for him to be there, that this is just a photo op, then why are the Dems screaming so loud to bring our troops home? Do they not want them there for photo ops?