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Monday, September 03, 2007


Bush's "surprise" visit to Iraq

A real "surprise" would be if Bush were to make a pre-announced visit to Iraq. Or if he were to acknowledge that the need to make "surprise" visits to Iraq rather belies his claims of progress.

CNN's reporter just informed viewers that Bush landed in Iraq in broad daylight and touted that as a sign of progress. But just moments before, she had noted that the airbase Bush landed in has a 10-mile perimeter secured by 10,000 troops, so Bush would hardly have been in danger even if advance notice of his visit had been published in the Baghdad Times. But CNN needed to do its part to help out; I wouldn't be surprised if the bit about the broad daylight landing was a "talking point" distributed by the White House press office.

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