It’s difficult to know what exactly is the purpose of George Bush’s five hour visit to Baghdad. The fact is most Iraquis have no use for him and they want the Americans out of their country as soon as possible. It would seem, on the face of it, that such a visit can only be counterproductive. My guess is had the new Iraqui prime minister known in advance that Bush was coming, he would have high tailed it out of town.
June 14, 2006