Addressing the Public

OK, so today is short-blogging day.

It just occurred to me whilst watching Countdown without Keith Olbermann from last night: why didn’t George Bush ever address the Iraqi Parliament, such as it is, to make his case for U.S. plans there? Such a move would be huge – even amid protest, especially amid protest – because it would legitimize the Iraqi Parliament as a legitimate chamber of governance. Would Barack Obama consider doing such a thing? It would go a long way towards easing tensions among the nominally ruling class of Iraq to know that the President of the United States puts such stock in what they are doing there.