|Demoted to Kitchen Duty?|
For a conservative Texan oil-man, US president George Dubya is full of
surprises. People would have expected Bill (pants-down) Clinton to nip of for a
dirty weekend with one of the young interns without consulting the wife. But
Dubya chose a destination which, while his wife may have disapproved, wouldn't
make one think of infidelity (or even 'sex', as defined by
pants-down-Bill). Dubya nipped off to Baghdad for Thanksgiving dinner with his
troops, doing kitchen duty and serving hot turkey.
In a top-secret operation worthy of the now-defunct KGB, Dubya didn't even tell
daddy where he was going - slinking out of his Texas ranch via the back route,
the trip was not even publicized until after he had left Iraq.
Some of troops were expecting pop-star hottie Shania (I-feel-like-a-woman) Twain,
and they might have been disappointed by what they actually got to see - a
middle-aged man working in the kitchen, but few could have complained about his
Of course leftist media outlets all around the world blasted it as obvious
electioneering only 12 months out from the US presidential election. Hardly
surprising - that is what the left always does when their opposition makes a
clever vote winning move. If John (why-didn't-I-think-of-that) Howard had done
it the left would have screamed 'wedge politics!'
But with nearly one US soldier getting killed each day by a mish-mash of
Saddamite remnants, third-party American haters and run-of-the-mill Iraqis who
are just really pissed at so many uninvited foreigners in their country,
Dubya's visit is a huge morale boost.
Of course the dish that Dubya really wants to serve up is Saddam's head on
a platter. But with neither leader willing to publicize details of their Iraqi
travel plans in advance, revenge may have to be a dish served cold.