Bush Meets about Iraq
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
(SNN Washington) Yesterday, President Bush had a surprise meeting with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The three discussed how well things were going in Iraq.
The new Iraqi government was "more determined than ever to succeed."
The meeting was a surprise for the President who said, "Were we going to meet this morning?" and "I haven't even had my coffee yet. Do you think I could get some coffee?" After Secretary Rice got the President a coffee (two sugars) and the President finished his game of Tetris the meeting started.
The secretaries briefed the president on their trip to Iraq and said the new Iraqi government was "more determined than ever to succeed." This is, of course, contrary to previous governments who where (A) out to make a buck and (B) out to promote ethnic cleansing. However, the Secretaries were not positive on all notes. Sec. Rumsfeld did admit that Iraq was still having "a bit of a tough time".
President Bush later said that the secretaries brought back "interesting impressions from the three new leaders," Bush said. "They said they were optimistic people, that they're full of energy and they're very eager to succeed." Bush described the Iraqi leaders "are dedicated to a unified Iraq" and to a government that represents all Iraqis.
This statement by Bush is reminiscent of a time when he was more optimistic and eager to succeed. Just three years ago he stood on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln beneath a banner saying, "Mission Accomplished," and proclaimed, "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." This was also the photo op that gave President Bush the unfortunate nickname Chimpy McFlightsuit*. Don't blame me--I would have had him wear one of those Power Rangers outfits. If I know one thing, it's awfully hard to make fun of someone dressed as a power ranger.
*Not my idea, Google it. 18,100 for chimpy mcflightsuit. (0.41 seconds)