Sunday, June 18, 2006

It's probably just gas.

The Washington Post has a puff piece on the Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki. In keeping with the papers slavish adoration of all things Bush, it leads with a description of the patented Bush method of taking the measure of a man.
President Bush flew to Baghdad last week to size up Iraq's new leader. "I have come not only to thank you," he told American troops gathered in the Green Zone on Tuesday, "but to look Prime Minister Maliki in the eyes -- to determine whether or not he is as dedicated to a free Iraq as you are."

The presidential determination? "I believe he is," Bush said.

The snap assessment recalled Bush's famous assertion that he had sensed Vladimir Putin's soul and showed how Bush often appears more comfortable with his gut-level assessment of foreign leaders than the one he gets from briefing papers prepared by his intelligence agencies.
Given his successful assessments folks like Pooty-Poot and Chalabi and Karl Rove, this does not bode well for Iraq or tyhe US troops over there.


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