The Decider Visits Iraq

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Bush Administration

By now you’ve probably heard that the Creature made a “surprise” visit to Iraq today.

“The president felt this is something he had to do in order to put himself in a position to make some important decisions,” National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said of the visit.”This will be the last big gathering of the president’s advisers and Iraqi leaders before the president makes his decisions on the way forward,” said Geoff Morrell, Pentagon spokesperson. “He’s assembled his war council, and they are all convening with Iraqi leaders to discuss the way forward.”

In other words, Bush will meet with a few heavily vetted Iraqi leaders who will speak from scripts telling him how wonderful he is and how grateful they are for his glorious presence. And then he’ll make some speech about resolve and progress and shit — I’m sure the speechwriters are already working on it — which will work in a few digs at the appeasing Democrats. Then he’ll get to work intimidating Congress into approving his recent off-budget appropriation request. It’s all just ritual now.

See also Digby, Scarecrow at Firedoglake, and the Carpetbagger.

Update: See also Kevin Drum.

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  1. khughes1963  •  Sep 3, 2007 @2:18 pm

    One wonders what it would take to pop the bubble of unreality in which the Decider lives.

  2. t j s 1948  •  Sep 3, 2007 @4:04 pm

    Lert’s review: George Washington was at the battleground but that was before he was president and avoided war during his watch. Abraham Lincoln visited a battleground but then he was trying to unite the USA like a Great Uniter. Lynden B Johnson flew into Cam Ranh RVN in November 1966 borrowing from A Lincoln but trying to head off a blossoming Get Out Movement back in the USA. Then there was George W bringing a plastic turkey for Thanksgiving trying to imitate A Lincoln and L Johnson in a photo op designed to boost morale. My how far we have sunk … life rafts, life rings, life jackets anyone?

  3. bastard_amber  •  Sep 3, 2007 @4:27 pm

    Would probably a fine time for the long-overdue apology to Iraq for invading them over lies.

    Somebody’s going to have to do it.

  4. Kevin Hayden  •  Sep 3, 2007 @4:49 pm

    Here’s the real surprise visit

  5. quixote  •  Sep 3, 2007 @5:14 pm

    All this, right on the heels of The Decider saying, “The policy was to keep the army intact; didn’t happen.”

    Nothin to do wit’ me. I jes decide shit ‘n stuff. “Hadley’s got notes on all of this stuff,” I gots real work to do, decidin over at mah Fantastik Freedom Institute.

    /*buries head in hands. plans on staying that way till 2009-01-20*/

  6. Swami  •  Sep 3, 2007 @6:27 pm

    Also Monday, the U.S. command said an American soldier was killed and three others injured when a roadside bomb blew up next to their patrol on Sunday outside of Baghdad. No further details were released.

    Well, here’s one soldier and possibly four who’ll be coming home real soon due to the successes in Iraq.

    And why is the recent reconciliation in Iraq like an IED?…Because they both come from the bottom up.



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