Gee, you know Baghdad has gotten so much safer because of our five year presence in Iraq. If you don't believe President Bush, then just go ask his
overlord and master Vice President, Dick Cheney. Remember when we were in the last throes of the insurgency? Well things haven't gone according to plan and despite that, we are going to continue the same failed ideas about installing a "democracy" over there. To make the point clear, Dick Cheney spoke from Iraq, on one of his....strolls.
From Yahoo News:
Cheney landed at, then flew by helicopter into the dusty, heavily secured Green Zone for talks with and diplomatic officials and the Iraqi prime minister. It is Cheney's third vice presidential trip to Iraq where 160,000 American troops are deployed and the U.S. death toll is nearing 4,000. His visit came while , the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, also was in Iraq.
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 moved on to another. Cheney was expected to make stops throughout the country, speak to troops and spend time with other Iraqi leaders.
Cheney's motorcade zigzagged through Baghdad to meetings as helicopter gunships circled overhead. Explosions were heard in parts of the city, but none were near the vice president.
Are those explosions signs of progress? Perhaps they were fireworks celebrating Cheney's presence in the capitol. They must love him so so so much with all that he has done for them....
Of course, no one's love can match that of Cheney's pocketbook, which has profited immensely from the hard work of Halliburton in Iraq these past five years. He can highlight all the reduction he wants, but the reality on the ground seems to always differ from what he says.