"The White House said Cheney will discuss regional issues but provided no details about the hastily organized mission to Riyadh. The trip, however, comes on the eve of a summit between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Jordan next week. It will also overlap with a weekend meeting in Tehran between the presidents of Iran and Iraq to which the president of Syria has been invited." Wright
Now, you have to ask yourself why the President, the VP and Rice are all going to be in "the region" in the same week. Something brewing? Something about to happen? What could it be? Robin Wright says that she thinks it is because Cheney feels the need to further urge King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to "get the Sunni Tribes of Iraq on board" for reconciliation talks. I find it hard to believe that she really thinks that. She must know that Sunni/Shia differences have passed the point of mutual anger and violence at which King Abdullah could "pull strings" and have an effect. 200 Shia killed yesterday, a ground attack on a Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad today. I wonder if the embassy and command in Iraq are now willing to concede the issue that this is a civil war.
No. I think that ’43 is going to give Maliki a real "hiding," and effectively threaten him with a loss of support if he does not act as though he owes the White House his obedience and loyalty rather than his sect and political partners. At the end of the meeting there will probably be some sort of press moment. It will mean nothing.
Cheney’s mission to the big sandbox? Syria? Iran? Maliki? Notice on one or more of these? That is a real possibility. Desperation has set in at the White House. They feel themselves surrounded by "enemies;" Baker/Hamilton, Democrats, the MSM (when not cringing at the foot of the throne), impertinent bloggers, insurgents, militias. Who knows what might seem plausible when the "freedom agenda" is threatened.