Tue, 17 June 2014
The last foreign policy trip George W. Bush took as President, and the last few days of the Bush Presidency itself are remembered for a single jarring incident. Shoes were thrown. They missed. The President was amused.
What is often overlooked is the reason President Bush was visiting Iraq to begin with.
The new Status of Forces Agreement had deadlines. Some experts thought the United States should stay a lot longer. The time frame of our stay should be anywhere from a few more years to a few more generations. Mostly they were the same experts who had marched us into Iraq.
But Iraq's Prime Minister, not to put too fine a point on it, turned out to be an astonishing jerk.