Fool me 30 times....
Far from content to wait to hear from the scripted "progress" reports of Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Bush drops into Anbar Province to once again offer his own assessment of the situation on the ground.
The determination of the man who has "decided" everything from weapons of mass destruction to the surge is that -- wait for it, it's working. And with a little bit of luck, we can keep the same level of security with fewer troops.
Any bets now that that reduced number of troops will equal the 30,000 or so men and women who comprised the surge, putting us right back where we were?
It was a good show. Dropping Air Force I into Anbar desert rather than having to corkscrew into Baghdad. It sends a message to the Iraqi leadership -- and avoids the dangerous landing.
There's the obligatory scene with the only group of Americans who welcome a visit from the President (except for veterans of course).
But for all images, here's what didn't get scene on nightly television newscasts:
About as safe as that Baghdad market that John McCain strolled through.
The air base where the meeting took place is located in the desert in northern Anbar. Captured by Australian troops from former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's forces during the early weeks of the war, it has a 13-mile perimeter and is home to 7,000 Marines and 3,000 Army soldiers.
Although Bush touted the substantial political and security progress made in Anbar, he did not leave the safety of the base Monday to see those changes firsthand.
So don't waste a lot of time when Petraeus and Crocker testify to Congress. Do something important, like sort your socks. Karl Rove's parting gift, this show's script, has been road tested and is ready to go.
The Decider has decided. To heck with the elected representatives of the people -- or the people themselves.