Tuesday, June 13, 2006

A Day Of Surprises

President Bush arrived in Baghdad today on a surprise visit to new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and US troops.

Air Force One landed in hazy daylight at Baghdad Airport, where The President transferred to a helicopter for the six-minute ride to the green zone, a palace once used by Saddam Hussein which now serves temporarily as the U.S. Embassy.

They discussed the security, economic, and reconstruction strategy for Iraq. The President also said that it's not only in the interests of the Iraqi people, it's in the interests of the American people and for people who love freedom that Iraq succeeds. He said the message that he wants to send to the Iraqi government is "We stand with you. What you're doing is important."

Maliki has promised to crack down on sectarian violence, promote national reconciliation, and accelerate reconstruction efforts.

Also today White House aide Karl Rove has been told by prosecutors he won't be charged with any crimes in the investigation into the leak of a CIA officer's identity.

This New York Times article reports the announcement. The left seemed so positive that the Rove indictment was a forgone conclusion that they are going nuts. I don't think Karl Rove being cleared is necessarily good or bad news for America. But, for the left who were dreaming of the front page story with photo of Rove in handcuffs, this is a bad day.


Blogger bethtopaz said...

First, thanks for your service. You have a beautiful wife and adorable son! The one picture where your son is between you and your wife -- the look on your son's face as he is smiling and looking at you is priceless. You can see he adores and looks up to you. As it should be! I like your website. Keep up the great work - all of your guys (and girls) and AWESOME!! Yours is the face of the American Hero!! Beth Barnat, Winters, CA

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