“Seize the day, seize the moment,” George Bush told the Iraqi people in Baghdad yesterday. And the president certainly had done just that, slipping away from a Camp David war council and flying secretly into the world’s most violent real estate, hard on the heels of the killing of Musab al Zarqawi and the formation of a new Iraqi government.
“The POTUS is on board!” he yelled to reporters on Air Force One, as in “President of the United States.” Then on to Baghdad and a Buck Rogers Nighthawk flight to the super-defended Green Zone. It was great theater at a moment of rare good news. Now what?
Hear a conversation with Barry Posen, Michael O’Hanlon and General John Batiste about might be next in Iraq.
Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow of Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution
Ret. General John Batiste, commanded the Army’s First Infantry Division in Iraq 2004- 2005, currently president of Klein Steel Services in Rochester, N.Y
Barry Posen, Professor of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.