Monday, September 03, 2007

President Bush makes surprise visit to Iraq: from LA Times + Comment

9/03/07 @8:12 AM~PST

Comment: The Bumbler Bush sure as hell cannot make a surprise visit in my hood! He has to make a 'surprise visit' to Iraq as much as logistically possible in the military sense so he does not get his ass dusted! I saw him on CNN and others around him seemed paranoid like they were standing next to the Angel of Death! Talk about a suicide-bomber target! Check out the Comments far below from the LA Times Websource!

Most intelligent humane beings who are at least half-awake know what an evil fool, dumb decider and corporate corrupter Fuhrer Bush is in the real world, which he apparently does not live in on a objective conscious level.
All this public uproar about him and his low approval ratings says a lot more about the American people and the kind of crap they will swallow going down through throats and have been swallowing for years now. This whole Iraq-nam disaster, expensive as it is and continues to be, will be found to be a lot more expensive beyond monetary expense. It has already cost America the credibility of public opinion in the world and millions of Muslims hate America now who did not before. Hate is a powerful motivator for destruction.
Many people overseas must think Amerikans are really stupid or sheepishly complicant considering that this Fascist Bush Jr. was falsely elected without national resistance by the American people in a legal coup-de-etat stamped by the U.S. Supreme Court, then, re-elected four years later by the Amerikan voters who actually bothered to vote. There will be outstanding bills to pay before all this is said and done in Iraqnam and Amerika simply cannot afford to pay them. Karma catches up and the scales of justice must be balanced between here and death!!

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President Bush makes surprise visit to Iraq

Surprise visit
Charles Dharapak / AP
President Bush, right, meets with Marines at Al-Asad Airbase in Anbar province, Iraq.
By Julian E. Barnes, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
6:23 AM PDT, September 3, 2007
AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq -- President Bush landed in Iraq today on his third surprise trip to the war zone, this time intent on emphasizing his belief that the current strategy is working to ease violence.

The visit, to a military base in Anbar province about 120 miles northwest of Baghdad, came on the eve of a crucial assessment on the progress of the war --and the success of recent U.S. troop "surge" -- being prepared by his administration and the top U.S. military commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David H. Petreaus.
For the record -- An earlier version of this article said this was Bush's second surprise visit to Iraq. It is his third. His second visit was in June 2006.
Bush, accompanied by Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, was met here by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and was scheduled to meet with his top Iraq commanders and a broad range of Iraqi leaders. He is also meeting with a large group of Marines based here.

"This is the last big gathering of the president's top military advisors and Iraqi leadership before the president decides on the way forward," said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell. "He has assembled his war council here."

The Iraq war has come to dominate Bush's White House tenure, particularly his second term. Initially considered virtually over a little more than a month after it began, it transformed years ago into a long, hard slog that has helped derail almost all of Bush's other initiatives. But Bush maintains that his current strategy, and current military leadership, are beginning to turn the war around.

The forthcoming assessments are crucial, because they may determine if Congress tries to force the Bush administration to alter its strategy and begin reducing the American military presence. About 20 combat brigades -- 164,000 troops -- are now in Iraq.

The U.S. delegation, which also included National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Petraeus and Adm. William Fallon, the top U.S. military commander in the Middle East, met with five Iraqi leaders, including Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and President Jalal Talibani. To ensure that all of Iraq's major ethnic and religious groups were represented, U.S. officials also invited a Sunni, Vice President Tariq Hashimi; a Shiite, Vice President Adel Abdul Mehdi; and a Kurd, Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih.

Officials chose Anbar as the meeting site to emphasize the progress made in reducing violence in the province, and to give both Bush and Iraqi politicians the chance to meet with Sunni tribal leaders who once helped lead the opposition to the U.S. military presence.

Bush last visited Iraq in June 2006. His first trip, on Thanksgiving in 2003, was best remembered for a photograph of the president presenting U.S. troops in a dining hall what turned out to be a decorative, non-edible turkey.

This time officials sought to characterize this trip as more than just a photo opportunity. Defense officials accompanying Gates said the visit was an attempt to help Iraqis connect progress at the tribal level with broader national efforts to ease violence between Sunni and Shiite sects.

"This needs to be an Iraqi process to connect the top-down reconciliation with the bottom-up reconciliation," a senior defense official said.

The official spoke on the condition his name not be used because he was describing American plans for the meetings

When the U.S troop build-up and counterinsurgency strategy was announced last January, American leaders promised that the surge would give the lraqi government time to make political reforms and forge agreements among various factions. There has been little such progress in Baghdad this year. For months, however, U.S. officials have been promoting progress at the local level, particularly in Sunni-dominated Anbar province.

The province was once the epicenter of insurgents opposed to the U.S. presence in Iraq. Now, many Sunni tribes are working with the Marine Corps, helping to fight militants aligned with Al Qaeda in Iraq.

Under the agreements worked out in Anbar and other parts of Iraq, the tribes have pledged to support the central government in exchange for having their members brought into the Iraq security forces. American officials hope that such agreements can form a building block of a much broader reconciliation between Sunni and Shiite factions and eventually help reduce the violence across Iraq.

This month the administration will release its assessment of its current Iraq strategy, producing a long list of congressionally mandated reports and sending officials to testify on Capitol Hill.

Although the administration has been emphasizing the assessment that Petraeus will give to Congress, the Pentagon is also preparing its quarterly report on violence and progress in Iraq.

That report, due early this month, will be the first of the series to analyze progress as the troop buildup was being completed. The most recent quarterly reports have been relatively blunt and forthright in their examination of the situation in Iraq.

The senior defense official said that report will clearly show that Anbar, once one of the most violent areas in Iraq, has now dropped to only the fifth or sixth most violent province.

"That is striking when you think of where it was a year ago, the official said. "Nobody is suggesting for a minute that it is all peaceful and all within government control, but it is significantly better than it was in the past."

Despite the near-constant refrain from Washington about improvement and progress in Anbar, the Maliki government remains suspicious of some of the agreements forged by the Americans.

Some Shiite leaders see the U.S. initiative as merely arming and supporting Sunni groups that oppose the Shiite-dominated central government.

And U.S. officials brought Maliki and the other leaders to Anbar in part to show the Sunni tribes the central government is supportive of them.

"There are those inside the Maliki government who might want to characterize this as arming a Sunni opposition," the official said. "That is why we have said, time after time after time, that we need to get Maliki out there."

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1. This visit is really no surprise. Villified at 'home,' it seems Mr. Bush feels more comfortable, perhaps even 'safer,' with a 'photo-op' amongst his own kind [terrorists], even though he won't ever see, let alone acknowledge, the resulting carnage, stupidity, silliness, and waste of human and material resources of keeping U.S. personnel [military or not] 'engaged' [in diying] in that part of the world. And for what? 'Power and control' of oil? Pfffft!
Submitted by: ThoughtfulOne
7:04 AM PDT, Sep 3, 2007
2. I am a viet vet, i have walked mine sweeps on dangerous roads, civilian convoys? not in my time in country. some one is not living in the real world when actions like this are taken, if during that time the road was impassable? it was destroyed. period. and in time tjhe area would become the object of a search and destroy mission and the zone pacified.
Submitted by: stewart
5:40 AM PDT, Sep 3, 2007
3. God help our poor boys and men who are fighting in this unjust war. I have believed this was a war statrted by bush to wipe out hussein and go for oil control. We have soldiers who are executed, mutilated, and killed by iud's and our soldiers are being tried for murdering civilians and children in Iraq. Isn't this a war they were sent to fight? ? Our government is telling us to just be nice in a war? . You have a government who pays poor wages, doesn't care about you after you are injured forever, and will try you for murder for killing someone in a war. No wonder people don't want to go to war for the U.S.
Submitted by: Mary
4:42 PM PDT, Sep 2, 2007