The governor said security is better in Iraq after the troop surge, describing what he saw as a "sharp improvement" over his previous visits. Still, he said while the daily death toll from bombings and other violence is down, there are still problems.I am glad that group was so diverse in its membership with every single elected official invited on the trip still supporting the Iraq War. In fact, two of these invitees want to go war with Iran too. Because everything is going so well.
"These things don't go from bad to good. They go from bad to less bad," Huntsman said.
It was the governor's third trip to Iraq since taking office in 2005, and his second with McCain. Unlike most Utahns, Huntsman is backing McCain for president and has repeatedly hit the campaign trail for him.
Huntsman said McCain asked him to come because of both their friendship and the perspective he could offer. Governors serve as commanders in chief of the National Guard, many of the troops being deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East.
He first traveled to the region in March 2006 with another delegation led by McCain and then again in November of that year with other governors at the invitation of the U.S. Defense Department.
The rest of the delegation on this trip, which began last Wednesday and ended Saturday, were Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; and John Barrasso, R-Wyo.
McCain's assessment of the situation in Iraq is "coincidentially" exactly the same as Huntsman's. "If there is no political progress over the next three months or so," McCain said, "some very tough calls would have to be made." So I guess are supposed to give McCain and Huntsman another half-Friedman.
Do these war supporters really expect us to take them seriously when they say essentially the same thing over and over again, moving the field goals every Friedman or so? And if your judgment is so off on such an important issue (whether or not to go to war, whether or not to continue with the occupation, etc.) why should the voters give you a promotion to the Presidency in the case of McCain or a cabinet post in the case of Huntsman.
And I was planning on writing a post about how great it was that Huntsman did those global warming ads with Montana's and California's governors.