Tuesday, April 07, 2009

The Tourist 

President Obama makes a surprise trip to Iraq:
On a trip shrouded in secrecy, President Barack Obama flew into Iraq on Tuesday for a brief look at a war he opposed as a candidate and now vows to end as commander in chief.

Obama flew into the country hours after a car bomb exploded in a Shiite neighborhood of the capital city, a deadly reminder of the violence that has claimed the lives at least 4,266 members of the U.S. military since March 2003.

The visit came at the conclusion of a long overseas trip that included economic and NATO summits in Europe and two days in Turkey.

I think it is great that he is over there, but can we stop using the "surprise" storyline each time a U.S. President goes to Iraq? There's a reason it is a "surprise": We trust nobody over there and if it wasn't a "surprise", he'd be more likely to get blown up by Sadr, Al Qaeda, Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Son's of Iraq, 1920 Brigade, random Sunni, random shiite, whothefknowsatthispoint.


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