It's been a year since President Bush made a surprise Thanksgiving visit to the troops in Iraq. Today he greeted them by phone
CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush (news - web sites) made Thanksgiving Day calls from his Texas ranch to U.S. troops abroad on Thursday, a year after he made a secret trip to spend the holiday with soldiers in Iraq (news - web sites).
"The president wanted to express his gratitude for their service and sacrifice and to wish them a happy Thanksgiving," said White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan.
And because the news media is so very helpful, no article about Iraq would be complete without this addendum:
The Pentagon (news - web sites)'s latest official count, provided on Wednesday, listed 1,230 U.S. military deaths in the Iraq war. At least 109 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq this month alone, about half of whom died in the Falluja offensive.
I wonder if it was like this in World War II? "President Roosevelt made a trans-Atlantic call to greet troops in liberated France. The Pentagon's latest official count listed 325,000 U.S. military deaths in the war against the Axis."
I wonder if the anti-war folks would have supported World War II if Hitler had not attacked the Soviet Union?