Wednesday, May 09, 2007


In a visit sure to raise troop morale (or at least see them running for cover), none other than Sure-Shot Dick Cheney showed up yesterday in Iraq. Oh joy. And I'm sure he'll be heading outside the Green Zone to sweep for IEDs any minute now.

Interestingly, the man known for his highly individualized "priorities" will also be stopping in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, before checking out Jordan and Egypt on the way back.

Now whattaya' suppose he'll be talking about in the UAE? Weapons programs? The need for more troops from that military powerhouse? A personalized invitation into the Coalition of the Willing, complete with smiley faces and hearts in place of the dots on the "i" of coalition and willing?

I bet he never faces one company of troops, unless it's a couple hand-picked soldiers for a PR stunt.

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Blogger DWilkers said...

I suspect he's there to put pressure on the Iraqis - to tell them they're running out of time. The admin is starting to bleed a lot of GOP support in congress.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous wfta said...

I expect he will be suggesting that a parlimentary vacation in Iraq might tend to erode support for the mission among congressional Democrats in the U S of A.

9:36 AM  
Blogger Thrillhous said...

Cheney's approval ratings among the Arab oil barons has got to be higher than his 9% ratings here. I figure he's going there to bask in their warm loving warming glow.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Darth Cheney will be packin' heat and taking the point on that next sweep through Fallujah?

11:39 AM  
Blogger George said...

You'd think he would have to go to Saudi Arabia first and then Iraq, so he would know the correct things to say....

12:38 PM  
Blogger DED said...

I'll second what dwilkers wrote. Several Republicans (mostly senators) have come out these last few days and said that W is running out of time. These guys are up for re-election in '08. They have no desire to end their political careers just to prop up W's infamous legacy.

1:35 PM  
Blogger Blue Gal said...

Don't forget that Halliburton just moved their headquarters to United Arab Emirates.

It must have been really tough for Cheney to decide whether to let the taxpayers pay for his 'visit' or to pay for it himself and take the tax deduction.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Dwilkers & WFTA - I agree with both of you.

Thrill - Cheney's approval among ground birds and lawyers is higher than it is among Americans at large. In fact, Cheney may the only man on earth with a lower approval than Bush's.

George - Nice.

Blue Gal - Good point; I forgot about that (which is pretty ridiculous, since I wrote about that here a few months ago.)

6:57 AM  

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