Bush, McCain, Lieberman, the scholars at AEI...is anyone else in favor of escalation? Not the Iraq Study Group. Not the American people. Not either house of Congress. Not the majority of officers in Iraq. Not the Iraqis. Not even, turns out, the Iraqi government wants more American troops in Baghdad:
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had a surprise for President Bush when they sat down with their aides in the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman, Jordan. Firing up a PowerPoint presentation, Maliki and his national security adviser proposed that U.S. troops withdraw to the outskirts of Baghdad and let Iraqis take over security in the strife-torn capital. Maliki said he did not want any more U.S. troops at all, just more authority.
The president listened intently to the unexpected proposal at their Nov. 30 meeting, according to accounts from several administration officials. Bush seemed impressed that Maliki had taken the initiative, but it did not take him long to reject the idea.
Jeebus Criminey, though. "Listened attentively"? Is that meant to puff up the President or is it an insult? I really don't know how to read that. Somebody, though, should feel insulted.