The Absurdity of it All

Bush's summit with al-Maliki had all the makings of a dramatic turning point. Instead it was a farce.

What on Earth happened last week? There were all sorts of leaks, rumblings and vibrations leading up to President George W. Bush's hastily arranged meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Something was up. There was a crisis. Dramatic action was indicated. The President was anxious to go on the offensive after the Democratic election victories and before the Baker-Hamilton Iraq Study Group report. He was going to press al-Maliki to do something unpleasant—perhaps move against the most powerful Shi'ite militia, the Mahdi Army led by...

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