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AL-ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq — President Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq on Monday, using the war zone as a backdrop to argue his case that the buildup of U.S. troops is helping stabilizing the nation.
The president secretly flew 11 hours to Iraq as a showdown nears with Congress over whether his decision in January to order 30,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq is working. He landed at an air base in Anbar province west of Baghdad.
The United States cannot sustain the troop buildup indefinitely. And with Democrats calling for withdrawals and a rising U.S. death toll that has topped 3,700, the president is hardpressed to give Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's much more time to find a political solution to the fighting.
Originally posted by Souljah
Why do all presidents and vice-presidents and all important people always visit Iraq with a SURPRISE visit? Well it is pretty simple - the country is so dangerous, that an announced visit would be almost suicidal. And when the president can make such an announced visit to a country, which is "Liberated" and "Free" - well then this action would mean something. Until then, it is just another, out of many, SURPRISE visits.
Originally posted by grover
That is all they have ever been for him, a back drop.
Originally posted by mel1962
Maybe he will even sneak out of the green zone!