Vice President Dick Cheney made an unannounced visit to Baghdad over the weekend. To kill time on the long flight over, he mastered irony.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday declared the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq a "successful endeavor" in a visit to Iraq that was overshadowed by a suicide bombing that killed at least 25 people.
In fairness, Cheney did admit that if this latest bombing killed 30 or more people, he'd be ready to call the invasion a failure. But for now, he'll hold strong.
"I was last in Baghdad 10 months ago and I sense that, as a result of the progress that has been made since then, phenomenal changes in terms of the overall situation," Cheney said after meeting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
I know that you're thinking, "How would Cheney know what the overall situation is when he made a secret trip and went straight to our giant and heavily-guarded fortress and never left?" Well, the last time he did that very same thing, a bomb went off near the Green Zone. This time, no bomb. See? It is much better.
Cheney said there had been a "remarkable turnaround" in security after 30,000 extra troops were sent to Iraq last year to help reduce sectarian violence that threatened civil war.
That is true. Of course, the entire point of the surge was to give the nascent Iraqi government "breathing room" so they could settle their tribal differences and begin forming a true democracy. They haven't moved an inch on that, however. Still, it is a success because if it was a failure, that would be bad!
Incidentally, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad visted Iraq recently, he announced his plans well in advance and then walked through the streets with his entourage. Nothing happened to him. It's almost as if they...like Iran better than us at this point. Weird. So weird.