Bush in Iraq!

President George W. Bush makes a surprise visit to Iraq today,
Video HERE

Update: Bush speaks to the US troops in Iraq,
AWESOME Video HERE

The US soldiers and marines are fired up!

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki – “Good to see you!’
President George W. Bush – “Thanks for having me!”

President Bush, left, walks in the courtyard of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, June 13, 2006 with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President George W. Bush made a surprise trip to Iraq today to show support for the newly elected democratic government:

President Bush, seeking to bolster support for Iraq’s fledgling government and for U.S. war policy at home, made a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday to meet newly named Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and discuss the next steps in the troubled, 3-year-old war.

It was a dramatic move by Bush, traveling to violence-rattled Baghdad less than a week after the death of terror chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a bombing attack. The president was expected to be in Baghdad a little more than five hours.

Bush tells Maliki, “When America gives its word, it keeps its word.”

US President George W. Bush greets Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Baghdad inside the US Embassy during an unannounced five-hour trip inside Iraq designed to boost the government of new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and allow the two leaders to get to know each other.(AFP/Paul Richards)

The Iraqi Prime Minister did not know Bush would be in Baghdad until 5 minutes before they met:

Bush met with al-Maliki in the heavily fortified green zone at a palace once used by Saddam Hussein but which now serves temporarily as the U.S. Embassy.

“Good to see you,” exclaimed al-Maliki, who didn’t know Bush was in Baghdad until five minutes before they met.

“Thanks for having me,” Bush responded. They smiled broadly and shook hands vigorously in the high-domed marble room.

The death of Zarqawi and completion of an Iraqi Cabinet has understandably given George Bush a boost in the polls.

The media members traveling with President Bush weren’t taking any chances. They all climbed into their flak jackets on cue.

White House Press Secretary Tony Snow, left, and White House Counselor Dan Barlett, ride in a military helicopter wearing helmets and flak jackets for a trip from Baghdad International Airport to U.S. Embassy in the Greenzone Tuesday, June 13, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq. Snow and Bartlett traveled with President Bush who made a surprise visit to Baghdad. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Al Maliki announced that starting Wednesday 75,000 security forces will be deployed in Baghdad to restore order in the capital.

And, while Bush was in town, the Iraqi chief judge over the Saddam trial ended defense witnesses at the trial today telling the defense team “This is the last session to hear the testimony of defense witnesses. We don’t want speeches … So choose one — speeches or hearing witnesses.” …Ouch!

Bush to the troops… “It is such an honor to be here. (Applause.) It is such an honor to be with you. May God bless you all, may God bless your work, may God bless your families, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.” (Applause.)

Allah thinks its cool.
And, a marine writes home from Fallujah at Democracy Project.

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