The Corner


Wow, I’d largely forgotten how nasty their bias really is. Read this story about how Bush is cowardly and money-grubbing as well as needlessly worried about security. Or am I missing a more uplifting subtext? Here’s the intro:

By Adam Entous

CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) – For a president fond of a tough-guy image, George W. Bush was uneasy when an aide casually asked him, “You want to go to Baghdad?”

With Bush safely back at his Crawford ranch on Friday, White House supporters seized on the U.S. Thanksgiving Day visit to Iraq as a public-relations coup that could boost troop morale and Republican fund raising.

But the trip — one of the most secretive by any U.S. president — also highlighted how precarious security remains in the Iraqi capital, captured by U.S. forces in April.

Despite unprecedented precautions, the president slipped into Baghdad under cover of darkness on Thursday to minimize the risk of being targeted by surface-to-air missiles and was confined to the heavily guarded airport throughout his 2-1/2-hour stay.


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