The editors at the New York Times had this to say about the president's trip to Anbar over the weekend:
Iraq is a long way to go for a photo op, but not for President Bush, who is pulling out all the stops to divert public attention from his failed Iraq policies and to keep Congress from demanding that he bring the troops home. As Americans and Iraqis continue to die - and Iraqi politicians refuse to reconcile - Mr. Bush stubbornly refuses to recognize that what both countries need is a responsible exit strategy for the United States, not more photo ops and disingenuous claims of success.
Well-played, Mr. President. Hiding in plain sight. They just keep misunderstimating you... except for the scary-smart braniacs at the New York Times....
In related news, Bush likened a defeat in Iraq to the defeat in Vietnam to distract from comparisons of a defeat in Iraq to the defeat in Vietnam.