Then there are those who argue that Bush took the trip not because he wanted to spend time with the troops, but because he wanted – get this – to overshadow Hillary Clinton’s visit to Iraq.
“Bush probably planned on visiting the troops sometime around Thanksgiving, but hastily decided to give the ‘go’ command when Karl Rove realized that Bush’s ‘daring’ midnight run into Iraq would be laughed at by the entire country if Hillary Clinton already beat him to it,” according to the blogger Hesiod. “It turns out that Hillary’s people informed the White House of her trip to Iraq way back in September . . . Anyone still believe this was a ‘spur of the moment’ decision?”
Yeah, that’s why Air Force One flew in the dark over the Atlantic – to rob Hillary Clinton of a one-day news story.
Bwahaha. Again, wingnuts- check this Dana Milbank quote:
Nashville, Tenn.: Is there any indication that Hillary Clinton’s Thanksgiving trip to Iraq played any role in motivating the President’s decision to make the secret trip?
Dana Milbank: None whatsoever. But that doesn’t stop people from speculating. Fodder for conspiracy types: The Pentagon knew weeks in advance about plans for her trip. Cold water for conspiracy types: the Clinton trip was to have been the week before but was delayed because of Medicare votes.