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Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Good President (continued) -- Bush in Iraq

President Bush made an unannounced visit to Iraq. Reuters reports:
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - President George W. Bush made an unannounced farewell visit to Baghdad on Sunday.... [snarky comment removed].

Bush flew secretly to the Iraqi capital to hold talks with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and address a rally of U.S. troops.

"Bush has come to meet Iraqi leaders, thank the troops and celebrate the new security agreement," a White House official said.

Bush arrived first by helicopter at the presidential palace for talks with President Jalal Talabani and his two vice-presidents. He planned to meet later with Maliki.

Bush's trip -- his fourth to Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion -- follows approval of a security pact between Washington and Baghdad last month that paves the way for U.S. forces to withdraw by the end of 2011.

Read it here.

Jules Crittenden calls it a "victory lap" and gives reasons why. I think he's right. Read him here.