How Safe Is Iraq These Days? Bush Schedules Meeting With Iraqi Leader ... In Jordan
President Bush plans to fly to Jordan next week to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, as the two leaders try to revitalize the war effort, the White House announced.
The trip -- called a "surprise" although it is being announced a week in advance -- is part of an effort to review the gameplan after spiraling violence in Iraq and voter rejection at home.
But why is the meeting in Jordan?
Should Americans take the meeting site as a sign that even the heavily guarded "green zone" in Baghdad -- where a car bomb Wednesday was set off intending to kill Iraq's speaker of parliament -- isn't safe enough for a presidential arrival?
Don't forget that when Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice traveled to Iraq last month, she had to wear a bullet-proof vest -- at an airport that the U.S. supposedly secured two years ago.
This may be one factoid the mainstream media will overlook -- as the Washington Post did in its coverage this week -- but would be hard to spin if someone in the White House press corps dared ask.