President Bush made a surprise visit to Baghdad today. It's part of ``Iraq Week,'' where the GOP White House and Congress want to bolster U.S. support for the languishing war and give a boost to the new Iraq government. The secret visit came as the official schedule said Bush would be at Camp David with his War Cabinet.
On Thursday, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) is expected to kick off a day of debate over a resolution reaffirming support for the Bush Iraq War policies. Democrats are edgy over being forced to take a roll call vote for a measure designed to ``embarrass'' as Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the Dem House political boss put it. A showdown over the wording is expected in the House rules committee today. If the past holds, the GOP House leaders who control the Rules Committee will rebuff Dem attempt to rewrite the resolution.
Anyway...this is the cover story the White House put out the throw people off..
``Today, President Bush will participate in a teleconference discussion with Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki and members of his cabinet. The leaders will continue to discuss how to achieve the goal of an Iraq that can govern itself, sustain itself, and defend itself. In the afternoon, the President will participate in a press availability at the White House.''
this from the White House
President Bush: "I'm Convinced You Will Succeed"
Remarks By The President
June 13, 2006
THE PRESIDENT: "The decisions you and your cabinet make will be
determinate as to whether or not a country succeeds that can govern
itself, sustain itself, and defend itself.
"I'm impressed by the cabinet that you've assembled. You've assembled
people from all parts of your country, representing different religions
and different histories, and traditions. And yet the cabinet here
represents the entire Iraqi people, and I appreciate your commitment to
representing the people of Iraq.
"I'm impressed by the strength of your character and your desire to
succeed. And I'm impressed by your strategy. We've discussed - I
discussed earlier with the Prime Minister and here with his cabinet and
with members of my cabinet - the strategy necessary to have a country
that is capable of answering to the needs of the people. We discussed
the security strategy. We discussed a economic strategy, a
reconstruction strategy, and all of it makes sense to me.
"And so I've come to not only look you in the eye; I've also come to
tell you that when America gives its word, it will keep its word - that
it's in our interest that Iraq succeed. It's not only in the interests
of the Iraqi people, it's in the interest of the American people and for
people who love freedom.
"Iraq is a part of the War on Terror. Iraq is an essential front on
that war, and when Iraq succeeds in having a government ... of and by
and for the people of Iraq, you will have dealt a serious blow to those
who have a vision of darkness, who don't believe in liberty, who are
willing to kill the innocent in order to achieve a political objective.
"And so Mr. Prime Minister, I want to thank you for giving me and my
cabinet a chance to hear from you personally and a chance to meet the
members of this team you've assembled. It's an impressive group of men
and women, and if given the right help I'm convinced you will succeed
and so will the world."