Sunday, December 18, 2005

BBC NEWS | Middle East | Cheney makes surprise Iraq trip

I should think by this point the modifier "surprise" is unwarranted.

These "surprises" are PR events spread out in order to grab headlines. Whether they can get "senior government officials" on the plane quickly to respond to stories like Bush's declaration of dictatorship this week or whether they are just peppered throughout the year, I don't know. I suspect the former.

It's a load of bullshit, and doesn't deserve "front-page" news.

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Blogger pawlr said...

As it turns out, "our boys" weren't entirely reading off the script. . . some of them even asked tough questions. Damn, hard to find a good audience these days:

"From our perspective, we don't see much as far as gains," said Marine Cpl. Bradley Warren, the first to question Cheney in a round-table discussion with about 30 military members. "We're looking at small-picture stuff, not many gains. I was wondering what it looks like from the big side of the mountain — how Iraq's looking."

. . .

Another Marine, Cpl. R.P. Zapella, asked, "Sir, what are the benefits of doing all this work to get Iraq on its feet?"

. . .

When [Cheney] delivered the applause line, "We're in this fight to win. These colors don't run," the only sound was a lone whistle.

The skepticism that Cheney faced reflects opinions back home, where most Americans say they do not approve of President Bush's handling of the war. It was unique coming from a military audience, which typically receives administration officials more enthusiastically.


Perhaps that lone whistle was one of derision...

Sunday, December 18, 2005 7:41:00 PM  

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