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  • President Bush is eating in my undisclosed location [vanity, sort of]

    05/02/2012 6:06:19 AM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 14 replies
    freeRepublic ^ | ChiefKujo
    On November 27, 2003, one of the funniest FreeRepublic threads was born. An excited soldier broke the news that President Bush was eating in his undisclosed location.It was a complete surprise to him, to us and the media. Nobody knew where Bush was! The professional stealth and management of a dangerous but wonderful operation was a thing of beauty.Flash forward to 2012 and the immature Obama administration. Everyone knew long before Obama spoke that he was in Afghanistan. The bizarre thing was the threats made against journalists like Jammie Dupree who had to tell Neal Boortz "I don't know" when...
  • Obama Visits Afghanistan, Will Make Televised Address Tuesday Evening [Free Campaign Commercial]

    05/01/2012 1:26:29 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/1/12 | George E. Condon Jr.
    President Obama has arrived in Kabul, Afghanistan, on a surprise trip to sign a strategic agreement with Afghanistan. He will address the nation at 7:30 p.m. EDT from Bagram Air Base on Tuesday evening. In going to Afghanistan on the ninth anniversary of the most notorious example of premature presidential gloating, Obama risks turning the high point of his presidency into a political weapon for his enemies. But it will be how the president conducts himself while in the war zone that will determine if this trip is lumped in with George W. Bush's donning of a flight suit and...
  • Obama Makes Secret Visit To Afghanistan ... Will Designate Country Major Non-NATO Ally

    05/01/2012 12:58:36 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Zero Hedge / Reuters ^ | May 1, 2012 | Tyler Durden
    Complete Headline: Obama Makes Secret Visit To Afghanistan On Anniversary Of Osama Death; Will Designate Country Major Non-NATO Ally Just when we thought the president didn't have any tricks left up his pre-election sleeve on the anniversary of Osama's death announcement, here he comes and surprises everyone with what has just been disclosed as a secret visit to Afghanistan, where in a televised statement at 7:30 pm Eastern, the president will announce a strategic partnership with president Karzai, and where he will designate Afghanistan a major non-Nato ally - the "first such designation of the Obama presidency." From Reuters: President...
  • Obama pays unannounced visit to Afghanistan

    05/01/2012 10:54:30 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 38 replies
    xinhuanet.com ^ | May 1, 2012
    KABUL, May 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday for an unannounced visit, Afghan officials said. During his trip here, the U.S. president is expected to sign a strategic agreement with Afghanistan, unnamed Afghan government officials were quoted as saying by local TV channels.
  • Biden In Iraq To Referee New Outbreak In Same Old Sunni-Shiite War

    01/23/2010 1:48:05 PM PST · by JLWORK · 20 replies · 659+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog.com ^ | January 23, 2010 | John L. Work
    Here’s a real laugher. President Obama has dispatched his trusty VP. Joe Biden to Iraq to referee a peace settlement between warring Sunni-Shiite Muslims. Good luck with that, Mr. VP. I hope he has a good whistle. The recent barring of five-hundred or so Sunni-Ba’athist affiliated candidates from participation in the coming March election has given rise to speculation of another Sunni uprising. Not even the Great O, The Commander In Chief himself, could arrange a truce in the sectarian war that has raged for some twelve Centuries throughout the World of Islam over the rightful ascension to Muslim leadership...
  • George W. Bush makes secret visit to mourning families at Fort Hood(real leadership)

    11/08/2009 8:04:49 AM PST · by milwguy · 38 replies · 2,666+ views
    la times ^ | 11/7/2009 | andrew malcom
    Last night former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura made a secret visit to the devastated military families at Fort Hood. The Bushes instructed the commander of the mourning military base that they wanted no publicity. With their Secret Service detail, Bush and his wife made the 30 mile trip unannounced from their ranch near Crawford, Texas Friday evening. Fox News broke news of the visit this afternoon. Other sources said the former first couple spent about two hours meeting with the wounded, family and soldiers, talking quietly and at times hugging them as they did in private...
  • Governor Palin Visits Troops In Kosovo

    06/25/2009 6:46:58 PM PDT · by MaxCUA · 13 replies · 946+ views
    Anchorage, AK – Governor Palin is in Kosovo visiting Alaska Army National Guard aviators who are deployed for 12 months on a peacekeeping mission.
  • Governor Palin Visits Alaska National Guard in Kosovo

    06/25/2009 5:06:41 PM PDT · by Al B. · 44 replies · 1,712+ views
    June 25, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin is in Kosovo visiting approximately 140 Alaska Army National Guard aviators who are deployed for 12 months on a peacekeeping mission. The 1st Battalion, 207th Aviation Regiment is providing aviation support with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to U.S. forces and coalition forces. This is an air assault mission in which the unit will be tasked with various duties including passenger and cargo airlift, external sling load deliveries, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. “I am happy to pass on the message of sincere thanks from all Alaskans,” Governor Palin said. “We are so...
  • Palin to Visit Alaska Troops Overseas (Palin Ping! - No.25 - June 25, 2009)

    06/25/2009 1:36:33 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 14 replies · 868+ views
    Office of Gov. Palin ^ | June 24, 2009 | Office of Gov. Palin
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 09-156 Governor Palin to Visit Alaska Troops Overseas June 24, 2009, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sarah Palin and Alaska Army National Guard officials are visiting Alaskan soldiers who are serving overseas. Palin will make hospital visits, attend promotion ceremonies and observe training exercises through the weekend. Federal clearance was received for Governor Palin, Alaska Adjutant General Craig Campbell and Alaska Command Sergeant Major Gordon Choate to travel for the Alaska National Guard visit. "These troops are our fellow Alaskans,” Governor Palin said. “They are making major sacrifices for all of us. General Campbell and I will...
  • Antiwar Loon Makes Surprise Visit to Baghdad: Liar Pelosi Made A Surprise Visit To Baghdad Today

    05/10/2009 12:39:33 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 15 replies · 595+ views
    May 10, 2009 Antiwar Loon Makes Surprise Visit to Baghdad Liar Pelosi made a surprise visit to Baghdad today. Thanks to George W. Bush and Republicans the vicious Speaker of the House who once said the Iraq War could not be won was able to fly into Baghdad today. US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) in Baghdad. Maliki has assured Pelosi that Iraq's security will be unaffected by the planned American troop withdrawal from Iraqi cities. (AFP/IPMO-HO) Speaker Pelosi made a surprise visit to Iraq today. The Hill reported: House Speaker...
  • ‘Good Progress’ Made, Challenges Ahead in Afghanistan, Bush Says

    12/15/2008 3:28:23 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 210+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2008 – Afghanistan is making progress, and despite challenges, it can rely on America to help it defeat terrorists and grow its fledgling democracy, President George W. Bush told Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the capital city of Kabul today. “There’s been good progress made, but there are a lot of tough challenges” ahead in Afghanistan, said Bush, who made a surprise visit to Afghanistan following his unannounced visit to Baghdad yesterday. “I told the president that you can count on the United States -- just like you’ve been able to count on this administration, you’ll...
  • Bush, Maliki Sign Security Pact in Baghdad

    12/15/2008 3:32:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 374+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2008 – With fewer than 40 days left in office, President George W. Bush signed a security pact in Baghdad yesterday, putting an end in sight for the Iraq war after nearly six years of fighting. “The war is not over yet,” Bush said, “[but] it is decisively on its way to being won.” During a surprise farewell visit to Baghdad yesterday, Bush met with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for a signing ceremony, affirming the two landmark agreements to withdraw U.S. troops and formalizing a long-term relationship between the two countries. “[The agreements] cement a...
  • Perino bruised in shoe-hurling melee (Subby is here for you, my darling)

    12/15/2008 11:13:24 AM PST · by llevrok · 77 replies · 3,080+ views
    Politico.Com ^ | 12/14/08
    White House Press Secretary Dana Perino was slightly bruised in the aftermath of the shoe-throwing melee at President Bush's news conference at the Prime Minister's Palace in Baghdad on Sunday, a senior administration official said. But Perino will be fine and is continuing with the presidential party, the official said. Perino was hit in the face with a microphone as security wrestled with the reporter, NBC News reported. The White House transcript from the news conference labels the incident an "audience interruption." President Bush said. "Okay, everybody calm down for a minute." Then, indicating Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the president...
  • George Bush Avenue (by an Iraqi =shoe throwing incident)

    12/14/2008 9:07:06 PM PST · by STARWISE · 55 replies · 2,636+ views
    Talisman Gate ^ | 12-14-08 | Nibras Kazimi
    I think quite a number of Iraqis were embarassed by how their guest got treated today. Personally, I got angry. Very angry. I will make a public promise: should I ever run into a certain reporter called Muntather al-Zaidi, presently of Al-Baghdadia TV, I will seriously consider beating the crap out of him. If I am successful in bringing him down, then my coup de grace shall be to take one of his shoes, preferably the one on the right, and stuff it in his mouth. I know that will be illegal. I am willing to face all the legal...
  • President Bush Arrives in Afghanistan

    12/14/2008 5:05:01 PM PST · by kristinn · 50 replies · 2,846+ views
    Sunday, December 14, 2008
    Just caught the tail end of a breaking report on Fox that President Bush has arrived in Afghanistan after his surprise trip to Iraq.
  • Bush Visits Baghdad, Hails Passage of Agreements, Bids Farewell to Troops

    12/14/2008 1:29:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 347+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2008 – President Bush paid a surprise visit to Iraq yesterday, where he praised lawmakers in Baghdad for passing the status of forces agreement with the United States and offered a farewell message of thanks to U.S. troops serving there. “I am just so grateful that I had a chance to come back to Iraq before my presidency ended,” Bush told reporters in Baghdad during a news conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talibani. Bush said one of the reasons for his trip was to herald the passage of the Strategic Framework Agreement and the Status of...
  • Video: President Bush Dodges Shoes Thrown at him in Iraq

    12/14/2008 12:26:13 PM PST · by SoftTyranny · 22 replies · 1,950+ views
    BoroughVoter.com ^ | 12/14/08 | Soft Tyranny
    President George Bush Today dodged two shoes that was thrown at him by an Iraqi reporter. The president displayed some awesome reflexes by quickly dodging the fast moving shoe which was thrown at a close distance. Watch the video at here.
  • Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoes At Bush

    12/14/2008 1:31:57 PM PST · by America2012 · 82 replies · 3,702+ views
    AP/Youtube ^ | 12/14/2008 | Associated Press/Youtube
    Here's the link to the video of an Iraqi journalist throwing his shoes at Bush. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfYBGl9q30c Luckily the President has quick reflexes.
  • Bush Surprise Visit to Iraq.

    12/14/2008 1:12:36 PM PST · by Little_shoe · 28 replies · 993+ views
    Today | Vanity
    I had the pleasure of being asked to stand behind the President as he addressed service members in Baghdad Iraq. After his speech it was awesome to be able to shake his hand and watch him shake hands with, sign stuff for the service members who had stood for hours waiting to see him.
  • Iraqi journalist hurls shoes at 'dog' Bush

    12/14/2008 12:29:40 PM PST · by tomymind · 73 replies · 3,489+ views
    BAGHDAD (AFP) — An Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes and an insult at George W. Bush, without hitting him, as the US president was shaking hands with the Iraqi premier at his Baghdad office on Sunday. As the two leaders met in Nuri al-Maliki's private office, a journalist sitting in the third row jumped up, shouting: "It is the farewell kiss, you dog," and threw his shoes one after the other towards Bush. Maliki made a protective gesture towards the US president, who ducked and was not hit.
  • Iraqi Reporter Throws Shoes at Bush and Calls him Dog (Keith al-Olbermann?)

    12/14/2008 10:15:58 AM PST · by kristinn · 81 replies · 4,322+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, December 14, 2008 | Reuters
    An Iraqi reporter called visiting U.S. President George W. Bush a "dog" in Arabic on Sunday and threw his shoes at him during a news conference in Baghdad. Iraqi security officers and U.S. secret service agents leapt at the man and dragged him struggling and screaming out of the room where Bush was giving a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The shoes missed their target about 15 feet (4.5 metres) away. One sailed over Bush's head as he stood next to Maliki and smacked into the wall behind him. Bush smiled uncomfortably and Maliki looked strained. "It...
  • Man throws shoes at Bush in Iraq

    12/14/2008 10:18:01 AM PST · by ponygirl · 89 replies · 4,745+ views
    AP ^ | Dec. 14, 2008 | Jennifer Loven
    <p>A man threw his shoes at President George W. Bush and was dragged away by security officials during the president's farewell trip to Iraq.</p> <p>The incident occurred as Bush was appearing Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.</p> <p>Bush ducked and wasn't hit by either shoe. Bush joked, saying that all he can report was that it was a size 10 shoe. then calmly took questions.</p>
  • Bush Arrives in Iraq on Surprise Farewell Visit (Update at #220)

    12/14/2008 5:19:15 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 313 replies · 8,796+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | December 14, 2008 | AP
    BAGHDAD -- President George W. Bush on Sunday made a farewell visit to Iraq, a place that defines his presidency, just 37 days before he hands the war off to a successor who has pledged to end it
  • 'Endgame' for US mission in Iraq

    12/13/2008 12:18:39 PM PST · by flyfree · 19 replies · 802+ views
    US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has told US troops in Iraq that their mission there is in its "endgame".
  • Iraq- Condoleezza Rice arrives in Baghdad

    08/21/2008 12:08:50 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 93+ views
    AFP via translation | August 21, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - Condoleezza Rice arrives in Baghdad BAGHDAD - The U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Baghdad Thursday to meet with Iraqi officials when the negotiations on the future of the American military presence in this country are parking in their final phase, according to an AFP journalist .
  • Freedom Journal Iraq, 24Jul[Brave Republican Presidential Nominee McCain Walks Main Street Haditha]

    07/26/2008 5:04:03 AM PDT · by Son House · 11 replies · 145+ views
    American Forces Network ^ | Thursday, 24 July 2008 | American Forces Network
    This edition features mentoring Iraqi Policeman and an Iraqi Army exercise.
  • First Lady Visits Troops in Afghanistan

    06/09/2008 4:15:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 11 replies · 103+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Mark Swart, USA
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, June 9, 2008 – First Lady Laura Bush visited troops here yesterday during a brief stop on her third trip to Afghanistan, giving words of praise and encouragement to servicemembers for their efforts and results. First Lady Laura Bush visits servicemembers at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, to thank them for their efforts, June 8, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Christina Sinders  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. “From overseeing hospitals to responding to [improvised explosive devices], your efforts are critical to our mission in Afghanistan,” Bush said. “On behalf of President Bush and a...
  • First Lady in Afghanistan to Highlight Progress

    06/08/2008 1:23:17 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 2 replies · 122+ views
    ABC News ^ | 6/8/08 | DEB RIECHMANN
    First lady Laura Bush, on a mission to highlight signs of rebirth in war-weary Afghanistan, ventured outside of Kabul on Sunday to an area that symbolizes both the destruction of war and Afghanistan's attempt at rebirth. Mrs. Bush, on her third unannounced visit to the country, flew into the Afghan capital then immediately boarded a helicopter for a 50-minute flight to Bamiyan Province, the farthest she has traveled from Kabul. Her chopper touched down in a dusty field at a provincial reconstruction team compound operated by New Zealand. From there she could see the empty niches in a cliffside where...
  • First Lady Laura Bush Arrives In Afghanistan

    06/08/2008 9:22:40 AM PDT · by radar101 · 9 replies · 75+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | June 08, 2008 | Jonathan Karl
    Bamiyan, Afghanistan -- Urging the world to "stand more strongly with Afghanistan," First Lady Laura Bush visited remote Bamiyan province, where the Taliban regime prompted international outrage by destroying two giant Buddhist statues in 2001. "We have seen a resurgence of Taliban and Al Qaeda killings and kidnappings in Afghanistan," Mrs. Bush told ABC News in an exclusive interview aboard the Air Force jet she flew from Washington to Afghanistan: "I don't want people to think it means we need to give up. I think it just means we really need to stand more strongly with Afghanistan." Mrs. Bush has...
  • Laura Bush arrives for a surprise visit to Afghanistan

    06/07/2008 11:31:24 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 39 replies · 178+ views
    AFP via translation | June 8, 2008
    via translation - ALERT - Laura Bush arrives for a surprise visit to Afghanistan KABUL - The wife of the president of USA, Laura Bush, arrived in Kabul Sunday for a one-day visit to Afghanistan, where she must meet with President Hamid Karzai, has been a photographer traveling with AFP she.
  • Pelosi Gets Quiet Reaction in Iraq

    05/18/2008 1:40:06 PM PDT · by kingattax · 28 replies · 118+ views
    Time ^ | 5-17-08 | Mark Kukis
    The arrival of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who came to Baghdad on Saturday with a congressional delegation, set off a now-familiar cycle of reaction in the Iraqi capital. First there was buzz around the city about flight delays from Baghdad International Airport, which goes into lockdown when VIPs land or takeoff. Since no dust storms were grounding flights, anyone traveling could have assumed some American bigwig was heading in. But when local TV reported the visitor was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, there was a collective shrug of the kind you might expect from Republicans catching a glimpse of her somewhere...
  • In Iraq, Rice shows support for gov't-led assaults on militias

    04/20/2008 7:47:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 72+ views
    Yahoo AP ^ | April 20, 2008 20 minutes ago | ANNE GEARAN, AP Diplomatic Writer
    BAGHDAD - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised the Iraqi government Sunday for government-led assaults on radical militias, as the top U.S. diplomat made a surprise visit to Baghdad in a show of support for the country's leaders. Rice's brief heavily guarded stop was not announced in advance, in keeping with security precautions adopted by all top U.S. officials who remain targets of the anti-American insurgents five years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and the fall of Saddam Hussein.Rice met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, his Kurdish president and other top officials. She was also honoring Americans killed...
  • U.S. Senators Walk the Streets of Iskandariyah

    03/19/2008 4:54:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 463+ views
    Senator John McCain, of Arizona; Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division; and Senator Joseph Lieberman, of Connecticut, check out a fruit stand in the marketplace in Iskandariyah, Iraq, March 17. Senators Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, McCain and Lieberman were in Iraq to meet with Iraqi leaders and senior U.S. military officials. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Tami Hillis, 4th BCT, 3rd Inf. Div. PAO. JOINT SECURITY STATION ISKAN — A congressional delegation consisting of Senators John McCain, of Arizona; Joseph Lieberman, of Connecticut; and Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, visited Iskandariyah, Iraq, March 17 where...
  • Combat Camera: Senator John McCain on Deck, Surveys Iraq Progress

    03/18/2008 6:08:39 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 3 replies · 154+ views
    The TENSION Military Blog ^ | Monday, March 17, 2008 | Steven Moyer
    @import url(http://www.blogger.com/css/navbar/classic.css); div.b-mobile {display:none;} <body> THE TENSION Veritas vincit Monday, March 17, 2008 Combat Camera: Senator John McCain on Deck, Surveys Iraq Progress Arizona Republican Senator John McCain greets local businessmen as he walks through the streets of Haditha City, Iraq. McCain visited Iraq to view the progress that has been made by the Iraqi people and coalition forces. (Photo/Cpl. Shawn Coolman) The Provincial Governor of Ramadi, Ma’Moun Sami Rashid, and Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, tour through Haditha City, Iraq. Rashid and McCain toured the local area to view the progress that has been made. Rashid has worked extensively...
  • McCain Makes Baghdad Stop

    BAGHDAD (AP) - Sen. John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee who has linked his political future to U.S. success in Iraq, was in Baghdad on Sunday for meetings with Iraqi and U.S. diplomatic and military officials, a U.S. government official said. Details of McCain's visit, which had been anticipated, were not being released for security reasons, the U.S. Embassy said. It was unclear who he met with; no media opportunities or news conferences were planned. McCain, a strong supporter of the U.S. military mission in Iraq, is believed to be staying in the country for about 24 hours. "Senator...
  • McCain Misspeaks on Iran, Al-Qaeda

    03/18/2008 1:54:27 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 47 replies · 1,034+ views
    NYT ^ | Michael Cooper | March 18, 2008
    JERUSALEM — Senator John McCain’s trip overseas was supposed to highlight his foreign policy acumen, and his supporters hoped that it would showcase him as a statesman, allowing him to meet with world leaders as the Democrats squabble. But all did not go according to plan on Tuesday in Amman, Jordan, when Mr. McCain, fresh from a visit to Iraq, misidentified some of the key players in the Iraq war. Mr. McCain said several times during his visit to Jordan – during a news conference and a radio interview — that he was concerned that Iran was training Al Qaeda...
  • Full Iraq Interview with John McCain - Video 3/17/08

    03/18/2008 7:00:53 AM PDT · by blogsforthompson.com · 5 replies · 231+ views
    Blogs for John McCain ^ | March 18, 2008 | brianinmo
    Here is the full interview of Sen. John McCain with reporter John King from Iraq on March 17, 2008, where McCain was visiting as a part of a Congressional Delegation. McCain talks about the remarkable progress of the "Surge" Strategy, and why it is vitally important for the United States to press on to victory in Iraq. . .
  • U.S. Must Stay Until Job is Done, Cheney Says in Iraq

    03/17/2008 5:56:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 363+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 17, 2008 – The United States must continue operations in Iraq until the job is done, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said today in Baghdad. “I think given the enormous effort that's been made and the sacrifices that have been made -- both in terms of lives and national treasure -- to succeeding in Iraq, it's very, very important that we succeed,” he said, “(and) that we not quit before the job is done. “We need to remember that our objective here is victory and that we need to be prepared to do whatever it takes in...
  • Explosions Rock Iraq's Capital as McCain, Cheney Visit (more sensationalized headlines)

    03/17/2008 5:56:47 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies · 425+ views
    fox news ^ | 3/17/2008 | ap
    BAGHDAD — Sen. John McCain stressed the importance of a U.S. commitment to Iraq during talks with Iraq's prime minister Monday, and explosions struck Baghdad during twin visits by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and Vice President Dick Cheney. Helicopter gunships circled over central Baghdad and the heavily fortified Green Zone, but no details were immediately available on the cause of the explosions. McCain, who has linked his political future to U.S. military success in Iraq, met Monday with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shortly before the Iraqi leader began separate talks with Cheney. Al-Maliki said he and the vice president...
  • Unannounced visit of Dick Cheney in Iraq

    03/16/2008 11:48:17 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 16 replies · 581+ views
    AFP via translation | March 17, 2008
    via translation - BAGHDAD - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney arrived Monday for a surprise visit to Iraq to emphasize improvements in the security situation on the ground and to promote political progress on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the outbreak of war in Iraq, has been a correspondent for the AFP. Cheney was to meet with the head of American troops in Iraq, Major General David Petraeus, and the American ambassador, Ryan Crocker, as Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and other Iraqi officials. The visit was not announced and surrounded by security conditions exceptional happens while Mr....
  • Clinton lashes Obama's 'assault' as McCain visits Iraq

    03/16/2008 3:09:04 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 39 replies · 1,852+ views
    AFP ^ | 3/16/08 | AFP
    Hillary Clinton's White House campaign lashed out Sunday after a report said rival Barack Obama was preparing a "full assault" on her after unloading some embarrassments to his own campaign.The feuding over the report in the Democrat's hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune, came as Republican nominee-elect John McCain polished his national security credentials on a surprise trip to Iraq."It is disappointing that a campaign that began by promising a politics of hope has come to this, that it is signalling and revelling in attacks on Senator Clinton's character," her communications director Howard Wolfson said."This is not the campaign they promised...
  • McCain Makes Baghdad Stop

    BAGHDAD (AP) - Sen. John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee who has linked his political future to U.S. success in Iraq, was in Baghdad on Sunday for meetings with Iraqi and U.S. diplomatic and military officials, a U.S. government official said. Details of McCain's visit, which had been anticipated, were not being released for security reasons, the U.S. Embassy said. It was unclear who he met with; no media opportunities or news conferences were planned. McCain, a strong supporter of the U.S. military mission in Iraq, is believed to be staying in the country for about 24 hours. "Senator...
  • McCain Arrives in Baghdad for Surprise Visit

    03/16/2008 8:56:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies · 994+ views
    BAGHDAD — Sen. John McCain, the likely Republican presidential nominee who has linked his political future to U.S. success in Iraq, was in Baghdad on Sunday for meetings with Iraqi and U.S. diplomatic and military officials, a U.S. government official said. Details of McCain’s visit, which had been anticipated, were not being released for security reasons, the U.S. Embassy said. It was unclear who he met with; no media opportunities or news conferences were planned. McCain, a strong supporter of the U.S. military mission in Iraq, is believed to be staying in the country for about 24 hours. “Senator McCain...
  • Sen. John McCain has arrived in Baghdad for an unannounced visit. (BREAKING)

    03/16/2008 3:16:58 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 37 replies · 1,396+ views
    AP via brietbart ^ | Mar 16, 2008 | AP
    BAGHDAD (AP) - U.S. officials say Sen. John McCain has arrived in Baghdad for an unannounced visit.
  • Rice: Fight in Afghanistan Will Transform History

    02/07/2008 3:51:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 78+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Moore, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2008 – The fight in Afghanistan is important for the future of the Afghan people, the NATO countries involved in the fight, the United States, and the rest of the world, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today during a visit to Afghanistan. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks with a U.S. Army soldier at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb. 7, 2008. Photo by Lt. Cmdr. Steven Parks, USN  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Rice spoke to NATO troops at Kandahar Airfield with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband. She thanked the troops for helping turn Afghanistan...
  • Rice and Miliband arrive in Afghanistan

    02/06/2008 10:00:05 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 155+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | February 7, 2008
    Excerpt - KABUL, Feb 7 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband arrived in Kabul on Thursday for an unannounced visit to Afghanistan. ~ snip ~
  • Soldier's classroom visit takes stepdaughter by surprise

    01/30/2008 1:33:00 PM PST · by rface · 18 replies · 67+ views
    Spec. Mario Campa gets a crushing hug from his stepdaughter Cheyenne Tripp after surprising her by walking into her fourth-grade class at North Elementary School. Campa's surprise visit came shortly after arriving home on a two-week vacation from his service tour in Iraq. . HOLTS SUMMIT, Missouri. -- The North School classroom was full of electricity. After all, they were talking about electric conductors and insulators, when fourth grader Cheyenne Tripp saw the man in military uniform step through the door. She bolted out of her chair and cried “Poppy!” as she ran to and hugged her stepfather -...
  • Can Someone Tell Me....

    01/01/2008 2:59:44 PM PST · by sball · 8 replies · 107+ views
    I know Bush has visited Iraq at least twice. When was it that he surprised the troops at a dinner and walked on stage. Whom ever introduced him asked for a senior member of the administration to deliver the message and President Bush walked on stage. I thought it was a great moment and have been looking for it on You Tube. Thanks
  • Schumer Spends New Year's Eve With Troops in Iraq

    12/31/2007 12:24:49 PM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 7 replies · 234+ views
    CBS TV ^ | December 31, 2007 | CBS News
    Schumer Spends New Year's Eve With Troops in Iraq NEW YORK (AP) ― New Year's Eve saw New York's senior senator, Democrat Charles Schumer, a long way from his usual stomping grounds in Washington and his home turf of Brooklyn: visiting U.S. soldiers in Iraq. In his first visit to Iraq, Schumer said he spent Monday with troops hailing from every corner of New York state -- from Buffalo to Albany, and from the five boroughs of New York City to Long Island. His intent, he said, was to make sure they knew how much their service was appreciated. "I...
  • Sarkozy Says France Could Add Troops in Afghanistan

    12/23/2007 10:49:55 AM PST · by Cincinna · 21 replies · 100+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 23, 2007 | staff
    <p>In a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Saturday, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France said France might increase its troop presence in the country to help defeat the Taliban-led insurgency.</p> <p>“There is a war going on here — a war against terrorism, against fanaticism, that we cannot and will not lose,” he told reporters who accompanied him on the trip.</p>