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Bush in Al Anbar Province, Iraq

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As the photo above illustrates, our troops were very excited to see our Commander in Chief when he made a surprise visit to al Anbar Province in Iraq.

During a surprise visit to Iraq, President Bush on Monday addressed an animated military base in what was once a Sunni insurgent stronghold and said it would be possible to reduce troops in Iraq if progress being made there continues.

Bush gave the troops a Labor Day greeting, thanking them for their hard, and often deadly work there. He also sought to assure them that he will be listening to military commanders, not Washington officials, when it comes to decide when to withdraw troops.

"Every day you are successful here in Iraq draws nearer to the day when America can begin calling you and your fellow servicemen home," Bush said.

Bush received a "hoorah" when he said he would not base his deployment decision on "nervous reaction by Washington politicians to poll results in the media."

"When we begin to draw down troops from Iraq, it will be from a position of strength and success, not from a position of fear and failure. To do so otherwise would embolden our enemies and make it more likely that they would attack us at home," Bush said.

Earlier, Bush told reporters that his top deputies there have said it is possible to reduce troops if progress continues.

Bush said he had just received updates from Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, the two U.S. officials who are to give a highly anticipated report to Congress next week on progress there. He also met with top Iraqi officials including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

"I was pleased with what I heard. The strategy we put into place earlier this year was designed to help the Iraqis improve their security so that political and economic progress could follow. And that is exactly the effect it is having in places like Anbar," Bush said.

While noting "we can't take this progress for granted," Bush said there is hope that troop levels can be reduced.

"Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker tell me if the kind of success we are now seeing continues, it will be possible to maintain the same level of security with fewer American forces," Bush said.

Bush stayed for seven hours before taking off again, heading to Australia to attend an economic conference.

Allahpundit posted video of President Bush's speech to the troops. Note the reception he received, too. They are excited to see him, and it's obvious from the video that he's humbled to be with them.


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Comments (60)

Unlike Clinton, you can see... (Below threshold)
RScott:

Unlike Clinton, you can see both hands.

Unlike Clinton, yo... (Below threshold)
Unlike Clinton, you can see both hands.

Yeah, no kidding. President Bush probably views those women in a fatherly way. Clinton would've viewed them as orifices.

Nice...this really made my ... (Below threshold)
xray:

Nice...this really made my day. Thanks for posting this Kim, what a great holiday surprise for all Americans.

The surgemeister-in-chief l... (Below threshold)
groucho:

The surgemeister-in-chief looks like he just stepped smack dab into a pile of steaming camel dung. Pretty interesting body language. I wonder why the great liberator didn't visit the area with the cholera outbreak or any of the other Iraqis displaced by his desperate misguided strategery. I guess someone at the Australian economic conference needed a shoulder rub.

Another great republican sh... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Another great republican shows his support of the troops. ww

"The surgemeister-in-chief ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

"The surgemeister-in-chief looks like he just stepped smack dab into a pile of steaming camel dung."

Gee. That didn't take long.

"I wonder why the great liberator didn't visit the area with the cholera outbreak..."

Iraqis probably never had cholera under the beneficent rule of Saddam.

LOL, groucho doesn't matter... (Below threshold)
xray:

LOL, groucho doesn't matter, he is obviously not an American, nor very technologically enabled.

Winners: - th... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Winners:
- the splendid men & women of our military!!
- America
- Bush
- those Iraqis willing to embrace this chance for freedom!

Losers:
- The Democratic Party
- alQueda
- Harry "We've LOST!" Reid
- Dick "They're Nazis" Durbin
- John "They're morons" Kerry
- those Iraqis who don't get with the program!
- Iran (means they don't get their proxy State)

They're more winnners and losers, of course. But not a bad list to start with!!

Losers:- Harry "W... (Below threshold)
Losers: - Harry "We've LOST!" Reid - Dick "They're Nazis" Durbin - John "They're morons" Kerry

8. Posted by Justrand

-groucho "camel dung" grouch

We must never give up. Eve... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

We must never give up. Ever.

Everytime I see President B... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

Everytime I see President Bush in these settings and speaking from his heart my eyes well up with pride.

I voted for Bush in 2000 as the lesser of two evils and I couldn't be more happy for my vote then and in 2004 than I am today.

May God Bless President George W. Bush and the United States of America.

This trip brought out the f... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

This trip brought out the first big laugh of the day. My first thought was 'da**, now the democrats/moo slimes/MSM will have to out another homosexual republican. They have nothing else going for them. Maybe the cop in Mn has another target picked to set up.

Not to disparage the shot o... (Below threshold)
RB:

Not to disparage the shot or anything the man had to say, but how does a photo-op in Iraq constitute a defeat for al-Qaeda?

Morale, RB. "Morale is to ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Morale, RB. "Morale is to the physical as three is to one" - Napoleon Bonaparte.

Baggi, I was not a big fan of Bush leading up to the 2000 campaign. But his reaction to 9/11 turned me around on him. And it is clear that he is not really very skilled at dissembling as Clinton was - which makes his reactions to the troops always startle with their genuineness.

"Not to disparage the shot ... (Below threshold)
Mark L:

"Not to disparage the shot or anything the man had to say, but how does a photo-op in Iraq constitute a defeat for al-Qaeda? "

Ah . . . Because of where the shot is taken.

Anbar province was an al Qaeda stronghold in 2004 and 2005. They OWNED it. The Iraqis that lived there, for the most part, supported al Qaeda.

Today, that has turned around 180 degrees. WE own it. It is a safe enough place that we can take the President there, and have him make speeches to large numbers of troops.

Al Qaeda lacks the ability to disrupt the visit. No suicide bomb attempts, no use of rockets, no use of mortars. Two years ago, they could have. Today they cannot. Not in a province they used to own.

It was like the photo op, in 1945, when Churchill crossed the Rhine River. The significance was not the photograph of him standing there. It was that a photo could be taken of him there.

Bravo, President Bush. Eve... (Below threshold)

Bravo, President Bush. Even if Anbar is safer than it was, it is still a city in a war zone and he's standing right there. This is a man who knows the meaning of courage.

I remember when he walked out to throw the pitch at the Yankees game, with the fires still burning in the city sky behind him. He was alone with no bodyguards, no armored car, just him.

The man simply clanks when he walks. Bravo, Mr. President. God Bless you.

thanks for saving me the tr... (Below threshold)
Paul:

thanks for saving me the trouble Mark... It won't matter; it wasn't an honest question but nonetheless it has been answered.

You can tell that the troop... (Below threshold)
Jo:

You can tell that the troops LOVE George W.

Which reminds me that even (liberal)Howard Fineman (Newsweek) admitted several years back that the military LOATHED Clinton.

Can you imagine what they'll do if Hillary gets elected?? Talk about an instant morale drop.

RBThis is the type... (Below threshold)

RB

This is the type of photo op that causes the enemy to see the walls closing in around them.

http://www.churchill-society-london.org.uk/Big3.JPEG

SPQR's point about morale is spot on particularly in light of the MSM's full scale assault on American opinion about the war.

Want to know what is really unnerving for the enemy? Look at the faces of those soldiers around the CIC.

RB:Not to disp... (Below threshold)
marc:

RB:

Not to disparage the shot or anything the man had to say, but how does a photo-op in Iraq constitute a defeat for al-Qaeda?

Here, let me point you in the right direction: (if possible)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070902-02
September 2, 2007

Leaders of Diyala River Valley recommit to reconciliation Multi-National Division - North PAO

BAQOUBA, Iraq - In an effort to build upon the recent success of the Aug. 19 reconciliation agreement between more than 80 leaders from the
Diyala River Valley, approximately 40 tribal leaders gathered at the Baqouba Government Center, Sept. 1, to continue their discussions about the importance of reconciliation.

The leaders, both Sunni and Shia, represented multiple tribes throughout the Diyala River Valley, with emphasis placed on tribes from
Abu Sayda and Mukiesha - two villages that have not worked together in over a year due to tribal infighting.

The meeting, hosted by Ra'ad Hameed Al-Mula Jowad Al-Tamimi, Diyala's governor, allowed the tribes an opportunity to voice their grievances and discuss solutions for the way ahead.

"We must forget about the past and remain focused on the future," said Ra'ad as he addressed the group of tribal leaders. "We
have a long way to go; but today, you have taken the first step."

Circled around the Quran with their right hands raised, Ra'ad led the leaders as they swore over the Islamic holy book to uphold a
provincial-wide reconciliation agreement. While a few leaders stated their commitment for the first time, the majority of the tribes attended the previous meeting and swore on the Quran as a sign of continued commitment.

The sheiks agreed and restated their commitment to eight conditions to include ending violent acts between tribes; providing
intelligence to the Iraqi Security Forces; fighting al-Qaida and other enemy organizations; helping the security forces discover improvised explosive devices; upholding the law; solving issues between tribes in a civil manner and returning the displaced families to their homes.

Staff Maj. Gen. Nouri, deputy commanding officer of Iraqi Security Forces in Diyala province; Staff Maj. Gen. Ghanem Abass Ibraham
al-Qureshy, the Provincial Director of Police; and Col. David W.Sutherland, commander of Coalition Forces in Diyala, were also in
attendance to witness the event and discuss any security concernsthroughout the region.

"The future of Diyala is in your hands," Ghanem said. "We need to stand together and start building for the people.

"Whatever is done is done," he continued. "We are not going to return to that. The only choice you have is to look to the future of
Iraq."

"Your province is at a tipping point right now," Sutherland said during his comments. "The people have faith in the leaders in this room;
and those who choose not to participate will be left behind."

"We are brothers," said Sheik Sa'ad, a paramount sheik in the Abu Sayda area. "We need to stop the bloodshed because innocent people
and the future will die.

"I ask you, from your hearts, to work together to stop the fighting," Sa'ad said.

"These reconciliation agreements are not just words on paper - they represent the future for your people," Sutherland continued. "As
you continue to unite, your strength as a unified tribe will show the terrorists that they hold no place or position in Diyala."


RBOr do you rememb... (Below threshold)

RB

Or do you remember this photo op?

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2001/516/iraq3.jpg

Don't worry, the MSM has forgotten it also....

Fair answer, Mark. But that... (Below threshold)
RB:

Fair answer, Mark. But that still doesn't explain why the visit itself was a defeat for al-Qaeda. And the shot of Churchill across the Rhine is an apt analogy, because it was for the consumption of the people back home. It wasn't a defeat for the Nazis, although the fact that the Allies had crossed the Rhine certainly was. It was a nice little symbolic shot to bolster morale.

Now Churchill didn't have party politics to contend with, and Bush does, so it's probable that bolstering his approval ratings has something to do with it too. Time will tell if that works, but I don't think it makes much difference to al-Qaeda. Their defeat happened when the US troops secured the area.

Now Churchill didn... (Below threshold)
SPQR:
Now Churchill didn't have party politics to contend with, and Bush does, so it's probable that bolstering his approval ratings has something to do with it too.
Actually Churchill did - at least by 1945. He had a wartime coalition government for most of the war but left wing pulled out of the coalition before the war was completely over and tossed Winston out.
And England almost immediat... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

And England almost immediately pulled up anchor and set course into the welfare State. Hopefully we're made of stronger stuff.

They tossed Churchill out of office immediately after the war--"thanks for nothing." Much like is happening to Bush.

Now Churchill didn't ... (Below threshold)

Now Churchill didn't have party politics to contend with....that is absolutely hilarious.

If we're splitting hairs, L... (Below threshold)
RB:

If we're splitting hairs, Labour didn't withdraw from the coalition until after VE Day, and the left wing didn't toss Churchill out - the voters did.

But yes, Churchill did have party politics to contend with in 1945 - just not when the Rhine shot was taken.

KevinIs ANYONE check... (Below threshold)

Kevin
Is ANYONE checking troll ID"s at the door? Age? ABC's? "What country are you in?"....

RBNice try...but no ... (Below threshold)

RB
Nice try...but no cigar.

RB must not have read much ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

RB must not have read much English history.

Time will tell if that w... (Below threshold)

Time will tell if that works, but I don't think it makes much difference to al-Qaeda.

I beg to differ. If nothing else, I earnestly with the liberals (those few left that are not illiberal leftists) would realize that Islamists - from Al Qaeda to Hamas to Hezbollah to Islamic Jihad to CAIR - are very skilled at PR and the internet. They are very attuned to Western news and they know, know how to play to the Reids, Kucinichs and Deans

...with more bodies ...

Any time a "high value target" like Bush, Cheney or Rice can come and go in Iraq with relative ease, it affects their own standing in the region.

Great point Darleen...I ign... (Below threshold)

Great point Darleen...I ignored it and went for the money quote...you hit the real subject!

Here's the <a href="http://... (Below threshold)

Here's the Freeper Daily Dose . Lots of pics of Dubya in Iraq.

Look at the last picture in the first post and see how unhappy those Marines are to have their picture taken with Dana Perino.

Well at least he wasn't dre... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Well at least he wasn't dressed to try and show off his "package." We can all be grateful for that. But then again, I suspect his package has had quite a bit of shrinkage since the famous declaration on the carrier.

As for the "show" in Anbar ... (Below threshold)
JFO:

As for the "show" in Anbar province, it was at a secure air base. Which, of course, goes to show that we have secured and made safe all the air bases in Iraq. What's next?

The surgemeister-i... (Below threshold)
The surgemeister-in-chief looks like he just stepped smack dab into a pile of steaming camel dung.

Yeah. Your post(s).

Well at least he wasn't ... (Below threshold)

Well at least he wasn't dressed to try and show off his "package." We can all be grateful for that. But then again, I suspect his package has had quite a bit of shrinkage since the famous declaration on the carrier.

Envy is such a petty emotion, JFO.

I hear there are operations that will help you with your little problem.

Well at least he w... (Below threshold)
Well at least he wasn't dressed to try and show off his "package." 33. Posted by JFO


Why were you checking out the President's package?

Well, if that isn't a bug F... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Well, if that isn't a bug FUCK YOU to AQI in Anbar, then I don't know what is. LOL!


Could it be that the GOP is understanding the power of timing and the press?

I won't hold my breath, but this has the signature masterstroke of Rove.

John in CA:Why... (Below threshold)
marc:

John in CA:

Why were you checking out the President's package?

Damn, I have to clarify the simplest things around here:

JFO is obviously checking to see what a real package looks like, as opposed to a neutered one he's used to.

And the shot of Churchil... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

And the shot of Churchill across the Rhine is an apt analogy, because it was for the consumption of the people back home. It wasn't a defeat for the Nazis, although the fact that the Allies had crossed the Rhine certainly was. It was a nice little symbolic shot to bolster morale.

Now Churchill didn't have party politics to contend with, and Bush does, so it's probable that bolstering his approval ratings has something to do with it too. Time will tell if that works, but I don't think it makes much difference to al-Qaeda. Their defeat happened when the US troops secured the area.

The next time any of you tries to equate or compare this ridiculous conflict with World War II, you are going straight to hell. I just want you all to sit back, take a breath, and realize that.

The only one going to hell ... (Below threshold)
xray:

The only one going to hell is the one who would dismiss the struggle against Radical Islam. Have fun there playing hide the weasel with Satan.

Exactly Ryan,Durin... (Below threshold)

Exactly Ryan,

During WWII, America was united, triators and sabotuers were treated harshly, and investigations into what "really happened at Pearl Harbor" were postponed until we had defeated the REAL enemy instead of being held in the persuance of defeating our commander in chief like the current set of al kkkeda symps and allies such as John Edwards, Mrs. Bill Clinton, j. F'n kerry, 1/2 of congress, the national "news" media, hollywood, our educational system, city counsels that call for the impeachment of our CIC, etc. do in violation of any sense of self preservation.

Yep, our enemy IS tantamount to the evils of nazi Germany and imperialist Japan in spirit, but they would be crushed in a week if America herself was united in the central cause of their complete and utter destruction.

Thank you Americas' cowards and haters of freedom everywhere for your efforts in postponing the inevitable crushing of our foes, and all of the horrors that you insure with that effort. May you all rot in hell. (had to get that in there seein' as how ol' "marc" disapproves of "hatespeech" and all. My hate filled heart is warmed so at the thought of him twisting his panties up in a bunch over these myopic little rants. Take that marc, you self important screwball. Ya know, if you had a sense of humor and some passion, the truth of your typings might have a chance of penetrating one of the more pliable left leaning brains around here. Or, we might just be the same old 15 or 20 dinks pooting uselessly into the ether. If it must be the ladder however, I'd just as soon climb it with a smile on my face.)

It's funny how out of sorts... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

It's funny how out of sorts the democrats get when Bush is out there to talk to the troops. What possible reason would they have to get all stirred up over other than hack partisanship Bush hatred?

Ryan, for both the Nazis an... (Below threshold)
kim:

Ryan, for both the Nazis and the Communists, an elite ordered masses of people around. We're talking tens of thousands at the most; there are hundreds of millions of Muslims. I hope you are right, that radical Islam is not the threat those other two authoritarian powers were, but you don't know, you're guessing; that's the hell of it.

RB appears to be able to google 'English History' Maybe he should try googling 'common sense'. Meanwhile, I'm giggling.
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It's funny how out... (Below threshold)
It's funny how out of sorts the democrats get when Bush is out there to talk to the troops.

Because they claim he's using them for props.

What really irks them is you can't find a candid shot of Dubya and the troops where they aren't smiling and laughing and trying to shake his hand.

And you can hardly find a picture of a major democratic politician with any troops around them. The ones you do see are with very few troops and they don't look very happy.

I don't know how many times I've read some comment about the troops not even being there if they hadn't been ordered. That may or may not be true. We don't know. What I do know is you can make them go, but you can't make them be happy about it. So, if they look and act happy, it's because they are.

Something most liberals don't understand. Those guys and gals can tell who appreciates and respects them.

The Representative Tauschers of the Congress can sponsor all the legislation in the world trying to dictate defense policy on how long the time between tours has to be, and a liberal will try to tell you how much they support the troops by doing so.

The democratics can demagogue troop withdrawal by saying they are supporting the troops by trying to bring them home, and a liberal will try to tell you it's because they care.

But, they can't fool those people in the military. They have finely tuned B.S. detectors. I suspect that every time they are around a democratic, or hear one talk, it's squawking.

Ewwwwww, success in Anbar? ... (Below threshold)
Pete_Bondurant:

Ewwwwww, success in Anbar? Winning in Iraq? Yucky. That's not a liberal position. We can't have success in Iraq. Winning in Iraq would put our real goals of abortion, socialism, higher taxes and most importantly, winning in 2008 in jeopardy.
It must be tough for liberals these days. The military is securing Iraq, Maliki is making deals, the Iraqis are rejecting Al Qaeda. How do liberals cope?

Democrats just don't know h... (Below threshold)
xray:

Democrats just don't know how to be real people with the troops. Their elected officials and candidates come across as such fake plastic people. The best way to deal with plastic politicians is turn up the heat and watch them melt. Republicans may come across as stiff on the national stage, but they are usually genuine in person. Bill Clinton was one of the few to break the Democratic plastic mold.

Also, the troops are quite aware. They want the President to visit them and produce positive news and generate support for their efforts. The military understands the threats we are up against better than most. Besides, democracy is better served when their military is abroad and not at home. There are many lessons from history that liberals just never learn.

Another el Presidente canne... (Below threshold)
groucho:

Another el Presidente canned photo op with a captive audience as backdrop. Big deal. Does he ever appear in anything even remotely unstaged? I guess this is all he has left since nearly 75% of his fellow Americans think he's doing a lousy job. At least this background is more lively than the time they tried to add his head to Mt Rushmore.

Does any president ever not... (Below threshold)

Does any president ever not appear in something unstaged? Does any president ever take a crap without supervision?

That "captive audience" looks so very coerced, eh Grouch? Man they look like they are hating every moment of it until they can get out of there and back to their jobs.

(Heh... that soldier's name is Spears... bet she *hates* that.)

LOL, is that all groucho ha... (Below threshold)
xray:

LOL, is that all groucho has? Attempted thread hijacks are so 2004...

groucho, How'd you like to ... (Below threshold)

groucho, How'd you like to have a contest? Ten thousand troops have to go to a speech by President Bush or Hillary. Either one, doesn't matter who they pick.

Which one do you think draws the huge majority? In fact, I'd guess one of them would get 75% - which one do you think that would be?

At least this back... (Below threshold)
At least this background is more lively than the time they tried to add his head to Mt Rushmore.

Must have missed that one. But, who does need to be added to Mount Rushmore is Ronaldus Magnus.

This is old news... Success... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

This is old news... Success in Anbar? Progress?
Bush in November 2005
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/11/20051130-2.html

in this speech Bush clearly outlined success...

I will admit...it is wrong ... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

I will admit...it is wrong for the lefties and others to say their is no plan for victory..

http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/iraq/iraq_strategy_nov2005.html

Good, its nice to know you ... (Below threshold)
xray:

Good, its nice to know you can admit you are wrong.

[During WWII, America was u... (Below threshold)
Gary:

[During WWII, America was united, triators and sabotuers were treated harshly]

No we were not united.

There were a large number of Right Wing nutcases who LOVED Hitler and HATED Liberals, the American-German Bund in NY and other American pro-fascists who claimed to be "patriotic" and "Christian". They even created a Red, White, and Blue Swastika for their big parades.

They worked to undermine America, to stop America from helping Britain, to keep America OUT of the war (with a real fascist military giant), and tried to work it so Hitler would WIN, and then America would become a fascist military dictatorship, just like Nazi Germany.

Many of these were the most powerful corporate elite families, DuPont, Morgan, Rockefeller, IBM, US Steel, Alcoa and the Dulles brothers who founded the CIA.

During World War 2, the Bush family was busy funding Hitler, until J. Edgar Hoover slapped Prescott's wrists and took away his Union Bank.

Them's the ugly facts, whatever they mean to you.

Gary, Zel Miller ju... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Gary,
Zel Miller just tells us how low the liberal dems have become today despite your spin. According to your standard, then compared to the Reps in the 1940, the liberal dems today really have sunk into the gutter.

http://www.presidentialrhetoric.com/campaign/rncspeeches/miller.html
In 1940, Wendell Wilkie was the Republican nominee. And there is no better example of someone repealing their "private plans" than this good man.

He gave Roosevelt the critical support he needed for a peacetime draft, an unpopular idea at the time.

And he made it clear that he would rather lose the election than make national security a partisan campaign issue.

Shortly before Wilkie died, he told a friend that if he could write his own epitaph and had to choose between "here lies a president" or "here lies one who contributed to saving freedom," he would prefer the latter.

Where are such statesmen today? Where is the bipartisanship in this country when we need it most?

Gary's comment is self-fisk... (Below threshold)
Veeshir:

Gary's comment is self-fisking.
We're talking about a war we're in, he said, "They worked to undermine America, to stop America from helping Britain, to keep America OUT of the war

See the difference? In one instance we weren't at war yet, today we are.

And I will also note that the Republican challenger in 1944 did not go after Roosevelt on any poor handling of the war.
Do you think one of today's lefties would have been as nice? I can just see the campaign commercial showing scenes of D-Day with the lefty-candidate saying, "Look at what he let happen!"

Veeshir, in fact the Republ... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

Veeshir, in fact the Republican challenger could have used the existance of the Magic intel intercepts to allege that FDR was incompetent to allow Pearl Harbor to happen. After an unauthorized appeal from Gen. George Marshall, he didn't.

There were other incompetent episodes that could have become fodder for a Presidential campaign like the incompetent handling of the Phillippines and the Guadalcanal campaign as well as Kasserine in North Africa which was the result of poor training. Bad ordnance department work etc.

Well, the war must be over ... (Below threshold)
mozinator:

Well, the war must be over if a 8 mile base in al anbar is so safe that the Chimpmeister-in-Chief can make a speech there.

Bravo.

As usual, the troops are nothing more than a prop to him. He threatened to veto a 3.5 increase in pay for the troops, fer crissakes.

He spoke in a huge military base. Anbar is Sunni and is only slightly better now (still killed most troops in Iraq last month btw) because we have gone from killing Sunnis to bribing them. We are now funding the enemy, giving them guns and money to combat Maliki and the Shiites. In short, we are arming both sides.

Don't worry -- it will all end badly. Just after this a-hole is out of office.




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