Monday, September 3, 2007

Where's the Parade?

Our shrub makes a "surprise" visit to Iraq, where he was greeted with flowers and a spontaneous parade of Iraqi's grateful for their liberation. Or not.
Although Bush has touted the substantial political and security progress made in Anbar province, he was not scheduled to leave the security of the base to see those changes first hand.

"He is on a tight timeline," said Gen. Doug Lute, a deputy national security adviser, who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We didn't really approach it like he is going to leave the base."

it does invite mockery

Of course, the PR spin will highlight "progress". Sayeth the shrub:

President Bush, after hearing from top U.S. and Iraqi leaders, said Monday that some U.S. troops could be sent home if security conditions across Iraq continue to improve as they have in this former hotbed of Sunni insurgency.

But the president, flanked by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, did not say how many troops could be withdrawn or how soon.

Bush spoke after hearing from Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, and U.S. ambassador to Baghdad Ryan Crocker, who are testifying to Congress next week assessing the president's troop buildup.

"Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker tell me if the kind of success we're now seeing continues, it will be possible to maintain the same level of security with fewer American forces," Bush said.;_ylt=ApkXJAwU.8gd4b5NfcsTqCgUewgF

Does anybody believe this shit anymore?

It is unbelievable that for four years, the White House has been able to spin secret visits to Iraq as happy happy fun fun "surprise" visits, when in fact, they have secret
because Iraq is too dangerous for normal visits.

Smell the progress.

And the media laps it up.

1 comment:

Chris Dashiell said...

President AWOL also trotted out the old line about how pulling out of Iraq would "embolden" our enemies. Like anything could possibly embolden them more than what Bush has already done?
All this crap is dutifully reported as if it were news. Because, you see, he's the "President."