We got close to that marketplace today, Jim, but our own security advisers here in Iraq did not want us to go there. They didn’t believe it was safe for an American to be in that area.
Dick Cheney popped in, too, just to show that it’s safe for a high profile guy like him to stroll around. Oh, wait…
For security reasons, Cheney officials divulged few details about the vice president’s schedule and asked reporters not to report on his location until he had move on to another.
So Iraq must be a really rough place for us liberators if the Vice President has to go around under such tight security. And if that’s how it is for the people who saved the country from certain doom at the hands of a brutal dictator, imagine how rough it must be for one of the leaders of a country that fought a terrible war with Iraq back in the 1980’s and killed hundreds of thousands on both sides. Oh, wait…
[Iranian President] Ahmadinejad’s two-day state visit to Iraq, the first by an Iranian leader since the neighbors fought a bitter eight-year war in the 1980s, highlighted the two countries’ deepening ties at a time when U.S. influence in Iraq is seen as waning.
His warm reception by Shi’ite and Kurdish leaders and the pomp and ceremony that greeted him at the start of his well-publicized trip were in stark contrast to the rushed and secretive visits of U.S. President George W. Bush.