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.
Update: See also Kevin Drum.